These impressive appliques, conceived in the fashionable goût grec of the 1760's, with their ribbon-tied backplates centred by tête de beliers, derive from designs by the influential architect and dessinateur, Jean-Charles Delafosse (1734-1791). Similar examples are illustrated in H. Ottomeyer and P. Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, 1986, vol. I, p. 186, fig. 3.9.2 and S. Eriksen, Early Neoclassicism in France, 1974, fig. 214. Appliques à tête de belier by the bronzier Quentin-Claude Pitoin (circa 1725-1777) appear in a 1779 inventory of the prince de Condé. A further applique featuring a similar distinctive finial in the form of a tripod athénienne is illustrated in Ottomeyer and Pröschel, op. cit., p. 187, fig. 3.9.7.