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An important pair of Louis XVI ormolu three-branch wall lights attributed to Pierre Gouthière circa 1780
Estimate
100,000150,000
LOT SOLD. 161,000 USD
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181
An important pair of Louis XVI ormolu three-branch wall lights attributed to Pierre Gouthière circa 1780
Estimate
100,000150,000
LOT SOLD. 161,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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An important pair of Louis XVI ormolu three-branch wall lights attributed to Pierre Gouthière circa 1780

Provenance

Possibly Robert Goelet, Champ Soleil, Newport, Parke Bernet, New York, October 13-15, 1966, lot 390 (set of four)
Jack and Belle Linsky, Sotheby’s, New York, May 21, 1985, lot 161

Catalogue Note

Few examples are known of this rare and possibly royal model. The pair in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (C. Dauterman et al., Decorative Art from the Samuel H. Kress Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Aylesbury, 1964, pp. 277-279, figs. 235-236) retain oval profile medallions of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette on the fronts of the vases. On all the other known wall-lights of this model this has been replaced by foliate scrolls although a now redundant central screw hole provides evidence of this earlier mount.

A single example of this model, also retaining the portrait medallion of Marie-Antoinette was sold from the Estate of Belle Linsky, Sotheby’s, New York, May 21, 1988, lot 86. The other known examples of this model include a pair from the collection of Baron Edouard de Rothschild, Paris (F. Morton, The House of Rothschild in “Holiday”, Vol. 30, no. 3., September 1961, p. 37) and a pair from the collection of Djahanguir Riahi, sold Christie’s London, December 6, 2012, lot 4 ($214,133).

An attribution to the celebrated ciseleur-doreur, Pierre Gouthière (1732-c. 1813) has been suggested on the basis of certain constructional techniques and the use of dorure au mat. Indeed, the pair exhibited by Lord Duveen in the 1933 exhibition Three French Reigns is attributed to this maker.

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