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A PAIR OF ORMOLU THREE-LIGHT WALL-LIGHTS of Louis XVI style, each with quiver-cast backplate surmounted by two doves on a cloudburst, the scrolling acanthus-cast arms joined by tasselled 'pearl' pendants, with a central putti supporter, terminating in laurel-cast turned nozzles and foliate-cast drip-pans, the whole enriched with laurel swags and with fruiting garlands to the backplate, fitted for electricity

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A PAIR OF ORMOLU THREE-LIGHT WALL-LIGHTS of Louis XVI style, each with quiver-cast backplate surmounted by two doves on a cloudburst, the scrolling acanthus-cast arms joined by tasselled 'pearl' pendants, with a central putti supporter, terminating in laurel-cast turned nozzles and foliate-cast drip-pans, the whole enriched with laurel swags and with fruiting garlands to the backplate, fitted for electricity
28¼in. (72cm.) high (2)

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Designed in the Louis XVI 'antique' manner, with doves, emblematic of Venus, attending Cupid's torch. This basic form relates to lights supplied by the bronzist Pierre-François Feuchère for Marie-Antoinette's apartments at the Château de Saint-Cloud in 1788. (See A. Sassoon and G. Wilson, Decorative Arts at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Santa Monica, 1986, fig. 137.) This pattern, which relates to a pair in the Louvre Museum, is illustrated (see H. Ottomeyer, Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, p. 293)
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