Galerie Marcel Bissey, Paris
Sotheby's, Monaco, 18th June 1999, lot 81 and 82
Kunsthandel Röbbig, Munich
These wall brackets were most probably part of a set of similar brackets designed to harmonise with the carved elements of a grand interior. Two other brackets of similar design, in slightly different sizes, are known. One is in the J.Paul Getty Museum, Malibu and a second one was illustrated in an advertisement for a London dealer, J.M. Botibol, published in Connoisseur, December 1949.
Such brackets were usually made in pairs, or in greater numbers, to display imported Chinese vases or other precious vessels arranged in formal patterns on the walls. Designs for projects at Versailles show the extensive use of such brackets; Pierre Lassurance included twenty-four on one wall of his proposed elevation for the Petite Galerie in 1684. However, relatively few such wall brackets have survived. The details of the carving, especially the mask and children supporting the garland, are comparable to those in designs by Pierre Le Pautre (ca.1648-1716). See "Anselme Flamen(1647-1717)", in François Souchal, French Sculptors of the 17th and 18th Centuries: The Reign of Louis XIV, vol.1 (Oxford, 1977), pp.288-89, no.46, ill.
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