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A PAIR OF LOUIS XV ORMOLU CANDLESTICKS
A PAIR OF LOUIS XV ORMOLU CANDLESTICKS

CIRCA 1745-49, STAMPED WITH 'C' COURONNE POINCON

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A PAIR OF LOUIS XV ORMOLU CANDLESTICKS
CIRCA 1745-49, STAMPED WITH 'C' COURONNE POINCON
Of naturalistic form, each stamped with the 'C' couronne poincon
6½ in. (16 cm.) high (2)
Provenance
Acquired from Didier Aaron, Paris.

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The 'C' couronné poinçon was a tax mark employed on any alloy containing copper between March 1745 and February 1749.

The vigorously scrolling design of these candlesticks relates to the celebrated drawings for candlesticks by Sebastien-Antoine Slodtz (1655-1726). Various related examples in gilt-bronze bear the C couronné poinçon and are typified by their extremely fine chasing reminiscent of goldsmith's work. The present pair is in fact entirely made as a silver or gold candlestick, with a repoussé base and chased with finer tools than those used by ciseleurs.

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