Lot 29
  • 29

AN EMPIRE GILT-BRONZE MOUNTED CRYSTAL AND CUT-GLASS CHANDELIER, ATTRIBUTED TO MAISON CHAUMONT, CIRCA 1815 |

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50,000 - 70,000 EUR
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Description

  • Haut. 180 cm, diam. 110 cm ; height 70 3/4 in., diam. 43 1/3 in.
issuing eighteen scrolling branches on two levels, adorned with palmettes and crystal drops ; (pierced and fitted for electricity)

Literature

Related literature J.P. Samoyault, Musée national du Château de Fontainebleau : Catalogue des collections de Mobilier, Pendules et bronzes d'ameublement entrés sous le Premier Empire, Paris, 1989
M.F. Dupuy-Baylet, L'Heure, le Feu, la Lumière, Les Bronzes du Mobilier National 1800-1870, Paris, 2010

Catalogue Note

By the quality of its execution and the choice of its decorations, this chandelier is perhaps a production by the firm, “Chaumont, manufacturer of chandeliers and candelabras, gild, ormolu gold and matted gold, half-lights to place on mirrors, filled with rock crystals, Mont-Cenis glassworks and others [...] " (in MF Dupuy-Baylet, op.cit., no. 59, p. 118). The son of a master caster, Jean-François Chaumont became, under the French Empire, a reputed chandelier maker, a regular supplier to the Imperial Garde-Meuble (furniture depository), whose workshop was located at 23 rue Chapon in the Marais neighborhood. His career resumed under the Restoration and his son Gilbert-Honoré (1790/1868) probably took over around 1820, before partnering in 1838 with Louis-Auguste Marquis to continue to supply bronze works for the Royal Garde-Meuble during the July Monarchy (in MF Dupuy-Baylet, op cit, pp. 254 and 277). Jean-François Chaumont died in September 1843 at 270 Rue Saint-Honore (IAD MC / RE / IV / 16).

Several models of chandeliers delivered by Chaumont for the imperial residences are described as containing crystals from the Montcenis manufactory (in J.P. Samoyault, op.cit., N ° 70 to 74, pp. 105-108). It seems that under the aegis of the Imperial Garde-Meuble, Chaumont was requested to work with Benjamin Ladouèpe-Dufougerais (1766-1821), the administrator of the famous crystal factory. This one was titled in July 1806 "Manufacture Impériale et Royale". The chandeliers from their collaboration are characterized by their imposing dimensions, their basket shape accented with circles and their large number of lights (from 24 to 50).

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