126
126

PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

A pair of gilt-bronze, parcel-gilt and faux bronze torchères in Russian Empire style
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126

PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

A pair of gilt-bronze, parcel-gilt and faux bronze torchères in Russian Empire style
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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A pair of gilt-bronze, parcel-gilt and faux bronze torchères in Russian Empire style
each with a gadrooned circular top above a leaf-cast neck, the flaring baluster stem cast with lotus leaves and trails of grapes and vines, on a triform base surmounted upon a baluster vase flanked with three eagles, the triform lower section with an egg-and-dart moulding, above panelled sides with verde antico marble plaques, on acanthus leaf paw feet, the whole painted to simulate bronze
each 210cm. high; 6ft. 10¾in. high
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Provenance

Sold La Collection d'un grand Amateur, Sotheby's, London, 7th December 2000, lot 159.
Sold Sotheby's, London, 11th June 2003, lot 128. 

Description

Comparative Literature:
A. Chenevière, Russian Furniture, The Golden Age, 1790-1840, London, 1988, pp. 45-48, figs 31 and 32.

These unsual torchères with their combination of gilding and painting to simulate bronze and the crisp quality of the carving and casting, are features which are often found on Russian furniture of the late 18th/early 19th century. Related examples are illustrated by Chenevière, op. cit, pp. 45-48. Also see fig 34, p47, (now in the Ostankino Palace Museum), for a torchère in the Egyptian manner, with Egyptian masks on the stem as on the present pair and p. 33, fig 17, for a torchère (now in the Ostankino Museum), with a triform base, baluster foliate carved stem and Egyptian recumbent sphinxes. More elaborate examples can be seen illustrated by Chenevière op. cit., p. 60, fig. 49 and p. 61, fig. 50, which have elements painted to simulate bronze as on the offered pair.  According to Chenevière op. cit., Russian makers borrowed models from France, England. Similar torchères are shown in a print kept in the Musée des Art Décoratifs in Paris, representing the Fête de la Régénération.

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