A FRENCH ORMOLU SIX-LIGHT CHANDELIER
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A FRENCH ORMOLU SIX-LIGHT CHANDELIER

BY RAINGO FRÈRES, PARIS, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY

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A FRENCH ORMOLU SIX-LIGHT CHANDELIER
BY RAINGO FRÈRES, PARIS, SECOND HALF 19TH CENTURY
The corona issuing three chains supporting a central stem with flame above three trumpet-playing putti and acanthus-clad out-scrolled foliate branches, terminating in a fruiting terminal, the reverse of the foliate mounts to the center of the candlearms variously stamped 'RF', one drip pan stamped '655', electrified
48 ¾ in. (121.5 cm.) high, 29 in. (74 cm.) diameter
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Lot Essay

The present chandelier is based on an 18th century model dated to circa 1780, today in the collections of the Château de Versailles, and illustrated in H. Ottomeyer, P. Pröschel et al., Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, vol. I, p. 238, fig. 4.4.1. Though the Louis XVI model remains unattributed, its classically inspired central stem, carefully chased cherubs and scrolling foliate arms evoke the work of the finest bronziers of the last quarter of the 18th century, including Pierre Gouthière. The enduring popularity of this chandelier gave rise to high-quality reproductions in the 19th century including examples by leading makers such as Raingo Frères as well as Henry Dasson and Alfred Beurdeley.

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