28 October 2003,
Price realised USD 10,158
USD 6,000 - USD 8,000
A pair of Louis XVI style ormolu five-light wall appliques
After the model by Pierre-Philippe Thomire, Circa 1880
Each with ribbon-hung reeded and tapering backplate surmounted by a cornucopiae of fruit and foliage, applied with three Classical masks suspending fruiting garlands, issuing acanthus-sheathed reeded and spirally-fluted outscrolled candlearms, above a terminal of trailing oak leaves, electrified
39½ in. (100.4 cm.) high (2)
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The present appliques are modelled after a similar set comprised of three pairs, supplied by Thomire (maître 1772) for the salon des jeux du Roi at Saint-Cloud in 1787. The set is currently divided between the Louvre and the Petit Trianon. Similar 18th century lights are in the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Wallace Collection. The prestigious 19th century firm of Beurdeley is known to have copied the model.
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE CALIFORNIA COLLECTION
P. Hughes, The Wallace Collection - Catalogue of Furniture, The Trustees of the Wallace Collection, London, 1996, pp. 1430-1432.
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