A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI PATINATED-BRONZE, ORMOLU AND PORCELAIN FOUR-LIGHT CANDELABRA

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A PAIR OF LOUIS XVI PATINATED-BRONZE, ORMOLU AND PORCELAIN FOUR-LIGHT CANDELABRA

Each with four tall sprays of branches issuing flowers including carnations, wild roses, dahlias, lilies and sunflowers, the flower-shaped nozzles above a baluster-shaped vase with entwined snake handles and everted stiff-leaf ormolu neck above an acanthus-wrapped base and spreading socle, on a beaded bardiglio marble plinth, minor losses, some damages and restoration to porcelain, some of the ormolu leaves possibly replaced
37in. (94cm.) high (2)
Provenance
duc de Gramont, then to his granddaughter Diane de Gramont (1889-1955), 11th duchesse de Cadaval.

Lot Essay

The entwined snake-handles and foliate decorations on the base are closely related to those on a pair of vases which were sold at Ader, Picard Tajan, Paris, 17 April 1991, lot 64.
The unusual sunflowers can also be found on a lyre clock by Manière which is at Versailles, (H. Ottomeyer, P. Pröschel et al., Vergoldete Bronzen, München, 1986, vol. I, p. 252, ill. 4.6.25)
These candelabra are recorded in the inventory taken after the death of the duc de Gramont, drawn on the 15 March 1855. In the petit salon of his hôtel in 30 rue de la Ville l'Evèque, they were listed as follows:
"Deux candelabres en bronze forme vase avec bouquets de lys, bronze et porcelaine de saxe"
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