A PAIR OF RUSSIAN GILT-BRONZE MOUNTED MALACHITE FIVE-LIGHT CANDELABRA SECOND QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
A PAIR OF RUSSIAN GILT-BRONZE MOUNTED MALACHITE FIVE-LIGHT CANDELABRA SECOND QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
A PAIR OF RUSSIAN GILT-BRONZE MOUNTED MALACHITE FIVE-LIGHT CANDELABRA SECOND QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
A PAIR OF RUSSIAN GILT-BRONZE MOUNTED MALACHITE FIVE-LIGHT CANDELABRA SECOND QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
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Property from a Distinguished Private Collection

A PAIR OF RUSSIAN GILT-BRONZE MOUNTED MALACHITE FIVE-LIGHT CANDELABRA SECOND QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

Estimate: 7,000 - 10,000 GBP

Property from a Distinguished Private Collection

A PAIR OF RUSSIAN GILT-BRONZE MOUNTED MALACHITE FIVE-LIGHT CANDELABRA SECOND QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

Estimate: 7,000 - 10,000 GBP

Lot Sold:21,250GBP

Lot Details

Description

Property from a Distinguished Private Collection

A PAIR OF RUSSIAN GILT-BRONZE MOUNTED MALACHITE FIVE-LIGHT CANDELABRA SECOND QUARTER 19TH CENTURY


the round columns on a square plinth on bronze feet and issuing five S-shaped branches

74cm. high, 25cm. wide, 25cm. deep; 2ft. 5⅛in., 9⅞in., 9⅞in.

Condition Report

Overall in good condition. Some tarnishing and scratches to gilt-bronze. Edges and corners of malachite with minor chips. Minor cracks, some of which have been refilled.


"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. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

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Cataloguing

Catalogue Note

This pair of candelabra is distinctively Russian not only on a stylistically foundation and for the use of the "national stone" but also for the quality of the gilt-bronze mounts. Master craftsmen working in malachite used the so-called technique 'Russian mosaic', whereby they would saw a piece of stone into small plaques from two to four millimeters, carefully selecting them for their pattern. After grinding and polishing the stone, they would then glue these pieces to the metal or stone base skillfully masking the edges between each plaque of malachite. The use of gilt bronze with malachite quickly became extremely popular both in Russia but also in France. A related example with identical nozzles and drip pans was sold Christie's London, 6 December 2007, lot 203.

STONE: Marble and Hardstones
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