Literature references: Exh. cat. A. Forray-Carlier and M. Kopplin (dir.), Les secrets de la laque française. Le vernis Martin, Paris, 2014, p. 100, n. 55
Typical of Rococo art's vitality, this pair of chenets with Chinese statuettes is, with the exception of the fully gilt figures of our example, in all respects similar to a pair from a private collection presented at the exhibition on vernis Martin at the Musée des Arts décoratifs in Paris in 2014. This pair probably corresponds to those from Baron Guy de Rothschild's former collection sold during the dispersal of lots belonging to Baron de Redé and Baron Guy de Rothschild (Sotheby's Monaco on 26 May 1975, Lot 220).
Illustration is quite accurate. Very pretty and unusual model, condition is absolutly fine with a fine and elaborate chasing. Good and bright ormolu gilding with expected wear in places. Very nice rocaille cartouche at the back. The small ornament that the Figures have partly in hand are lacking. To recommend.
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