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A PAIR OF RESTAURATION ORMOLU, PATINATED BRONZE AND CHINESE PORCELAIN NINE-LIGHT CANDELABRA
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A PAIR OF RESTAURATION ORMOLU, PATINATED BRONZE AND CHINESE PORCELAIN NINE-LIGHT CANDELABRA\nCIRCA 1820 - 1840, THE PORCELAIN LATE 18TH EARLY 19TH CENTURY\nEach with an octagonal body flanked by winged Egyptian herm figures holding vine garlands, surmounted by a fluted neck with foliate and fruiting spray, with detachable superstructure with a gadrooned dish issuing eight foliate and reeded scrolling branches terminating in conforming drip-pans and milled cylindrical nozzles with removable drip-pans, centered by a further spirally fluted nozzle with removable flame finial, on four lion monopodia feet centered by a fruiting boss and a circular rouge griotte base with four outset plinths and milled panels, each with two ball feet, drilled for electricity; on later gray-painted fluted column shaft plinths hung with floral garlands and on a square stepped base, largely regilt with traces of earlier mercury gilding\n105 in. (267 cm.) high, including later plinths, 67 in. (170 cm.) high, excluding plinths (2)
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These spectacular candelabra reflect the princely taste promoted by the marchand mercier Dominique Daguerre and collected by arguably his most famous and lavish client, George, Prince of Wales, later King George IV.

They relate in particular to a remarkable group of three ormolu-mounted Chinese porcelain vases, thought originally to have been a set of four, divided between the English Royal collection at Windsor Castle, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, and a private American collection (sold from a private European Collection, Boulle to Jansen, Christie's, London, 11 - 12 June 2003, lot 10).

These vases all feature the same extraordinary scale, monopodia supports joined by a virtually identical platform of rouge griotte marble with a central berried rosette, and similar grapevine garlands joining the supports. Gillian Wilson has convincingly argued for an attribution of the mounts of this group of vases to Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751 - 1843), on the basis of their similarity to other documented work by him (see G. Wilson and C. Hess, Summary Catalogue of European Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 2001, p. 77). Indeed grapevine garlands, as featured on these candelabra, are a recurring theme in Thomire's oeuvre, and it is not inconceivable that these could be a work from late in the career of this celebrated bronzier.

The caryatic supports to the sides also recall the designs of the influential dessinateur Jean-François Forty (d. 1788), whose Deuxieme Cahier de vases features a design for a vase with similar caryatid figures (illustrated in P. Gélis-Didot, L'Oeuvre de J. -Fr. Forty, Dessinateur et Graveur, Paris, n.d., p. 123).

title

A PAIR OF RESTAURATION ORMOLU, PATINATED BRONZE AND CHINESE PORCELAIN NINE-LIGHT CANDELABRA

department

EUROPEAN FURNITURE & WORKS OF ART

dimensions

105 in. (267 cm.) high, including later plinths, 67 in. (170 cm.) high, excluding plinths (2)

provenance

Roberto Polo, sold Sotheby's New York, 3 November 1989, lot 29.

with Segoura, Paris.

Private Collection, Paris.


*Note: The price is not recalculated to the current value. It refers to the actual final price at the time the item was sold.

*Note: The price is not recalculated to the current value. It refers to the actual final price at the time the item was sold.


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