26 October 2004
A French ormolu and crystal three-tiered centrepiece
By Baccarat, Last quarter 19th Century
Surmounted by a figure of Minerva, the lobed stem mounted with three circular tazze with hobnailed undersides, supported by triple female sphinx monopodiae interspersed with pheasants, on a conforming base
26 in. (66 cm.) high
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The present model appeared in Baccarat's catalogue, as part of a garniture, from 1872.
A similar centrepiece, without the Minerva finial, sold Sotheby's New York, 30 October 2003, lot 140 ($14,400).
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