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A set of four large French ormolu four-light wall appliques

IN THE LOUIS XVI STYLE, BY H. VIAN, LATE 19TH CENTURY

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A set of four large French ormolu four-light wall appliques
In the Louis XVI Style, By H. Vian, Late 19th Century
Each of heavy gauge, suspended by a ribbon-tied backplate, above a tapering torch with flame finial, the four scrolled branches each with a circular drip-pan and fluted nozzle, above foliate festoons, the backplate terminating with a berried finial, each inscribed to the right-hand side of the base of the stem H. VIAN fitted for electricity
52¾ in. (134 cm.) high (4)
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The bronzier Henry Vian, is recorded briefly in Les bronzes Dorés franais du XVIIIe siècle by Pierre Verlet, Picard 1987, pps. 342 and 344. They specalised exclusively on gilt-bronze, especially light fittings, and produced articles of the highest quality, so much so that their style of casting and gilding can often be mistaken for earlier work.

Lot Essay

The design of these appliques closely follows that of a drawing by Jean-Charles Delafosse dating from around 1775 (see H. Ottomeyer & P. Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, p. 187, No. 3.9.6). A pair of wall appliques by the bronzier Vian were sold in these rooms, 6 June 1991, lot 75.
The bronzier Henry Vian, is recorded briefly in Les bronzes Dorès franais du XVIIIe siècle by Pierre Verlet, Picard 1987, pps. 342 and 344. They specalised exclusively on gilt-bronze, especially light fittings, and produced articles of the highest quality, so much so that their style of casting and gilding can often be mistaken for earlier work.
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