8 July 2010
AN EMPIRE ORMOLU AND TOLE LAMPE BOUILLOTTE
BY PIERRE-PHILIPPE THOMIRE, CIRCA 1815 AND LATER
The black and gilt-decorated adjustable shade above an imbricated central shaft and a plinth supporting three seated putti bearing cymbals, triangle and castanets, with scrolled dolphin clasps issuing foliate branches with vase-shaped nozzles and drip-pans, above a spreading acanthus and anthemion-wrapped socle with lion-paw feet on a plinth, stamped on the plinth 'THOMIRE A PARIS', drilled for electricity, the branches early 19th century and added by Messrs. Hatfield after 1930, the square shaft and shade added later by Partridge
30½ in. (78 cm.) high; 17 in. (43 cm.) diameter, the shade; 7 in. (18 cm.) diameter, the base
Presumably acquired by George John, 2nd Earl Spencer (1758-1834), for Spencer House, London or Althorp, Northamptonshire.
Thence by descent to Albert Edward John, 7th Earl Spencer (1892-1975), who found it in a cellar at Althorp in 1933 and commissioned Hatfields to add the branches.
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Albert Edward John, 7th Earl Spencer (1892-1975), Althorp, Furniture, Vol. II, circa 1937 and later
The stamp is that of the firm of Pierre-Phillippe Thomire (1751-1843), the foremost bronzier of the Napoleonic Empire period. From 1819 the company seems to have used the stamp Thomire & Compagnie.
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