Jonathan Meyer, Great Exhibitions 1851-1900, Woodbridge, 2006, pp. 95, 178, 193, and 230, for similar examples by Barbedienne, Susse Frères and Servant.
The goût Grec or Greek revival style of the 1860s and 1870s was introduced at the 1855 Paris and 1862 London Exhibitions by ébénistes such as Diehl and bronziers such as Marchand and Barbedienne. Within five years, designers had developed the goût Grec, which took a prominent position at the 1867 Paris Universal Exhibition with decorative works by Diehl, Barbedienne, Levillain, Houbedine and Servant as well as figural works by Carrier and Lemaire.
Overall good condition and presentation, with some minor to moderate discoloration, light scratches and pitting to bronze consistent with age and atmospheric conditions over the years. Probably originally with suspension chains linked from the circular tier at the top to hooks half-way down the column. 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.