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A PAIR OF LOUIS XIV PATINATED BRONZE MEDALLIONS
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A PAIR OF LOUIS XIV PATINATED BRONZE MEDALLIONS

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A PAIR OF LOUIS XIV PATINATED BRONZE MEDALLIONS

Depicting the portraits of a Bacchus and Flora, both with floral headdress, each set on associated brèche violette marble oval plaques, within Louis XVI style giltwood frames with bead-and-reel and stiff-leaf borders surmounted by a ribbon tie, one with label to the reverse inscribed in ink, 'Plaques, the p... of Mrs. de Kilpeck - Aug 1915'
20½ in. (62.5 cm.) high; 18 in. (46 cm.) wide (2)
Provenance
Mrs Guadata de Kilpeck, c. 1915, thence by descent to
Hugh Pigot, 10 Chesterfield Street, later bequeathed to
Jewell Allcroft, later Lady Magnus, subsequently sold Sotheby's house sale, Stokesay Court, Ludlow, Shropshire, 24-27 September 1994, lot 67 and 69.
Anonymous sale, Sotheby's London, 14 June 1996, lot 3 (£41,000 inc. premium, when sold with different frames).
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Lot Essay

Identical ormolu medallions feature on a Louis XIV armoire by André-Charles Boulle (1642-1732) in the Wallace collection, which is illustrated in P. Hughes, The Wallace Collection, London, 1996, vol. II, p. 811, no. 171(F63). These medallions are displayed in octagonal compartments in the doors and reflect the style popularised by Jean le Pautre's (1618-1682) à l'Italienne designs of the 1660s. These included designs for cabinets, similarly decorated with a large portrait medallion in the door, which are illustrated in T.A. Strange, French Interiors, Furniture, Decoration, Woodwork & Allied Arts, London, 1950, p. 64.
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