Sold, inventory of Frederick P. Victoria & Son, Christie's, New York, May 27, 1999, lot 89
I. Sychev, Russian Chandeliers, 1760-1830, St. Petersburg, 2003, fig. 645, p. 136
The color and quality of the cut-glass is characteristic of the work produced at the Imperial Glassworks in St. Petersburg. The bronzes relate to those on a pair of candelabra in the Winter Palace, illustrated in Vues du Palais d'Hiver à Saint-Petersbourg, Paris, 1995 and permit the attribution of the bronzes to Ivan Dipner's workshop in St. Petersburg. Born in Germany, Dipner was active in St. Petersburg where he supplied bronzes for the Imperial Palaces in collaboration with the leading architects of the day, Rossi, Stasov and Montferrand. Candelabra of this type appear in 19th century watercolors of Tsarskoe Selo by Luigi Premazzi (see, I. Sautov, Tsarskoe Selo, Paris, 1992, p. 46, pl. 16) and of the Winter Palace by Uchtomsky (see E. Bartenev, Russian Interiors of the XVIII-XIX Centuries, Leningrad, 1977, p. 84).
Ormolu richer color than appears in the catalogue photo. In excellent condition, and has been expertly cleaned. Minor wear to edges of base. Glass elements: pedestal in excellent condition, central support with one chip to base and some chips to top edge, vasiform element slightly loose and with chips to upper edge. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.