This chandelier is closely related to one in the Audienzzimmer of the Markgraf at the Ansbach Schloss. Dating to circa 1715, the Ansbach example was subsequently copied by the local modeler, Joseph Bianchini and the ciseleur Jean Houdan as late as 1740 (see H.Ottomeyer/P. Prschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, vol. I, p. 55, fig. 1.6.11).
Such chandeliers were characteristic of the Parisian taste of the duc d'Orlans in the early years of the Rgence and relate to designs for girandoles composed of vases enriched with shells and foliage published by J. Mariette in l'Architecture la mode, circa 1715, plate VI, which include Nouveaux Dessins de Meubles et Ouvrages de bronze et marqueterie invents et gravs par Andr-Charles Boulle. The work of Andr-Charles Boulle (1642-1732) undoubtedly inspired this model of chandelier, which also has parallels with the oeuvre of Gilles-Marie Oppenord (d.1741) who collaborated with Boulle's atelier (P. Fuhring, "Designs for and after Boulle Furniture", Burlington Magazine, June 1992, pp. 350-362).
Early 18th-century chandeliers of related design include one from the chteau de la Roche-Guyon, sold Sotheby's Monaco, 6 December 1987, lot 127, as well as a slightly earlier model formerly in the collection of the Duke of Hamilton at Hamilton Palace, Lanarkshire, sold Christie's Monaco, 5 December 1992, lot 41.