A PAIR OF LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED CANDLESTICKS
A PAIR OF LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED CANDLESTICKS
A PAIR OF LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED CANDLESTICKS
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A PAIR OF LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED CANDLESTICKS

ATTRIBUTED TO JUSTE-AURELE MEISSONIER, CIRCA 1745-50

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A PAIR OF LOUIS XV ORMOLU-MOUNTED CANDLESTICKS
ATTRIBUTED TO JUSTE-AURELE MEISSONIER, CIRCA 1745-50
Each with asymmetrically-cast urn-shaped nozzle and foliate scrolled stem, fanked by a playful putto on a channelled rockwork C-scroll and foliate-cast shaped spreading base, originally with drip-pans
10 in. (25.5 cm.) high
Provenance
Possibly Cospatrick Douglas-Home, 11th Earl of Home (1799–1881), son of Alexander Home, 10th Earl of Home and Lady Elizabeth Scott, eldest daughter of Henry Scott, 3rd Duke of Buccleuch, and by descent with the Earls of Home to Alec Douglas-Home, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1963-4), until sold in the early 1970s when acquired by the present owner’s family.
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Lot Essay

The design for these candlesticks is closely related to those executed by Juste-Aurèle Meissonier and illustrated in his Chandelier de sculpture en argent inventés par J. Meissonier of 1728, engraved as figures 10 and 12 of his oeuvre and illustrated in F. Kimball, Le Style Louis XV, p. 167, fig. 201.
A virtually identical pair of candlesticks is in the Wallace Collection, London, reproduced in F.J.B. Watson, Wallace Collection Catalogues, 1956, p. 21, nos. F78-79. Watson refers to a further pair in the San Donato sale, Paris, April 21, 1870, lot 1599, and these may conceivably be those sold from the collection of the late Wendell Cherry, Sotheby's New York, 20 May 1994, lot 34.
Other examples executed in gilt-bronze alone are recorded: one pair from the collection of Barons Nathaniel and Alphonse de Rothschild, Vienna, was sold from the collection of Mr. Akram Ojjeh, Sotheby's Monaco, 25-26 June 1979, lot 168. Another pair, formerly in the Wrightsman Collection, was sold at Sotheby's New York, 31 October 1981, lot 254 (see also F.J.B. Watson, The Wrightsman Collection, vol. II, 1966, no. 1267 A,B). A further pair is illustrated in H. Ottomeyer and P. Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, no. 2.1.4., p. 103.

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