20 September 2001
THE PROPERTY OF A EUROPEAN COLLECTOR
A PAIR OF VICTORIAN LACQUERED-BRASS LAMPS
Each with frosted-glass shade with anthemion supports above a tapering stiff-leaf stem and reeded shaft, above a lotus-leaf baluster and rim and a tripartite base, on cabriole legs headed by foliate clasps and flanked by anthemia, on claw feet and a plinth base, wired for electricity, one lacking an anthemion to the base
74½ in. (189.5 cm.) high; 24½ in. (62 cm.) diam. (2)
Probably William, 6th Earl Fitzwilliam (d. 1902) and by descent at Wentworth Woodhouse, Yorkshire, until 1998.
Anonymous sale, in these Rooms, 11 February 1999, lot 302.
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J. Musson, 'Treasures of the The Country Life Library', Country Life, 6 August 1998, p. 68-69, (illustrated in situ in the Sculpture Gallery at Wentworth Woodhouse, Yorkshire).
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The designer and decorator shows us around his Santa Monica HQ, and enthuses over the forthcoming Rooms as Portraits auctions in London and New York
Chinese Works of Art specialist Olivia Hamilton reckons this pair of superb sculptures — around 1,300 years old — are ‘the finest I've seen come up for sale‘