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A pair of gilt-bronze and patinated bronze mounted, white and bleu Turquin marble candelabra, Louis XVI, attributed to Pierre Gouthière and probably delivered to the duchesse de Mazarin
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A pair of gilt-bronze and patinated bronze mounted, white and bleu Turquin marble candelabra, Louis XVI, attributed to Pierre Gouthière and probably delivered to the duchesse de Mazarin
Estimate
70,000100,000
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A pair of gilt-bronze and patinated bronze mounted, white and bleu Turquin marble candelabra, Louis XVI, attributed to Pierre Gouthière and probably delivered to the duchesse de Mazarin
each with a bronze satyr issuing three foliate and floral scrolled candlearms, on a rectangular marble base with alternating medallions with female and lion masks; (pierced for electricty)
Quantity: 2
Haut. 68,5 cm., larg. 38 cm., prof 26 cm. ; Height 27in., width 15in., depth 10¼in.
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Literature

Related references:
- C. Baulez, "Pierre Gouthière", in Vergoldete Brönzen, vol. II, Munich, 1986
- D. Alcouffe et al., Les bronzes d'ameublement du Louvre, Dijon, 2004
- T. Dell, Furniture in the Frick collection, vol. VI, New York, 1992
- D. Kisluk-Grosheide and J. Munger, The Wrightsman Galleries for French Decorative Arts, New York, 2010
- C. Vignon and C. Baulez, Pierre Gouthière ciseleur-doreur du roi, New York, 2016

Catalogue Note

The attribution to Pierre Gouthière is based on the commission by the Duchess of Mazarin for her hôtel particulier in quai Malaquais.

This pair of candelabra have many stylistic similarities with the candelabra commissioned from Pierre Gouthière in 1777 and delivered in 1781 for the decoration and furnishing of the large salon of the mansion of the Duchess of Mazarin at quai Malaquais.

- the candlearms: adorned with branches of lilies, carnations and poppies, similar to the pair of sconces with quivers adorned with poppy branches and delivered by Gouthière for the Duchess of Mazarin, now in the Louvre Museum (OA11995-11996, see fig. 1);

- child satyr in patinated bronze (with the attributes of gilded music, flute, tambourine and cymbals) evoke the large figures of fauns (et tambours de basque avec grelots, cymbales")adorning the jambs of the chimneypiece in Turquin blue marble executed by Gouthière and Jean-Joseph Foucou for the Duchess of Mazarin (current location unknown), having served as a model for the white marble fireplaces now preserved in the Frick Collection(16.11.1) and marble Verde di Levanto in the Metropolitan Museum (1976.227, see fig. 2);

- the female masks and the beading on the base are very close to the mask of Mercury adorning the console in Turquin blue marble and gilt bronze by Gouthière for the Duchess of Mazarin, now preserved in the Frick Collection in New York (inv 15.5.59, see fig. 3).

Beyond these analogies, it is worth highlighting the importance of the blue marble Turquin, found on our pair of candelabra and very widely used for the decor of the large living room of the mansion of the Duchess of Mazarin at quai Malaquais (including a large pair of Turquin mabre pedestals, today in a Private Collection).

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