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A LOUIS XIV MOULDED GLASS AND ROCK CRYSTAL SIX-LIGHT 'LUSTRE A LACE'
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A LOUIS XIV MOULDED GLASS AND ROCK CRYSTAL SIX-LIGHT 'LUSTRE A LACE'

EARLY 18TH CENTURY

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A LOUIS XIV MOULDED GLASS AND ROCK CRYSTAL SIX-LIGHT 'LUSTRE A LACE'
EARLY 18TH CENTURY
Of cage form, the beaded trellis body decorated with floral rosettes, issuing branches with drip-pans and nozzles hung with drops, with central bulbous stem and ball boss, minor losses and replacements to glass, fitted for electricity
34½ in. (87.5 cm.) high; 21 in. (53.5 cm.) diameter

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With its elegant trellis frame, beaded swags and harmonious proportions, this chandelier relates to Louis XIV examples called 'lustres à lacé', occasionally supplied by the Menus-Plaisirs du Roi for the Royal fêtes and ceremonies organized by the King's Household for general Court entertainment. Such 'lustres à lacé' or 'en treillage' were considered precious objects as evidenced by the commissions for 'lustre en treillage' by Madame de Pompadour for the château de Crécy and by Louis XV several months later for a chandelier of the same model (discussed by Pierre Verlet, Les Bronzes Dorés Français du XVIIIème siècle, Paris, 1987, p.94).

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