A PAIR OF LOUIS XIV GILT BRONZE THREE-LIGHT CANDELABRA ATTRIBUTED TO CORNEILLE VAN CLEVE, CIRCA 1715
A PAIR OF LOUIS XIV GILT BRONZE THREE-LIGHT CANDELABRA ATTRIBUTED TO CORNEILLE VAN CLEVE, CIRCA 1715
A PAIR OF LOUIS XIV GILT BRONZE THREE-LIGHT CANDELABRA ATTRIBUTED TO CORNEILLE VAN CLEVE, CIRCA 1715
A PAIR OF LOUIS XIV GILT BRONZE THREE-LIGHT CANDELABRA ATTRIBUTED TO CORNEILLE VAN CLEVE, CIRCA 1715
A PAIR OF LOUIS XIV GILT BRONZE THREE-LIGHT CANDELABRA ATTRIBUTED TO CORNEILLE VAN CLEVE, CIRCA 1715
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Property from the Estate of Susan S. Dillon

A PAIR OF LOUIS XIV GILT BRONZE THREE-LIGHT CANDELABRA ATTRIBUTED TO CORNEILLE VAN CLEVE, CIRCA 1715

Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 USD

Property from the Estate of Susan S. Dillon

A PAIR OF LOUIS XIV GILT BRONZE THREE-LIGHT CANDELABRA ATTRIBUTED TO CORNEILLE VAN CLEVE, CIRCA 1715

Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 USD

Lot Sold:68,750USD

Lot Details

Description

Property from the Estate of Susan S. Dillon

A PAIR OF LOUIS XIV GILT BRONZE THREE-LIGHT CANDELABRA ATTRIBUTED TO CORNEILLE VAN CLEVE, CIRCA 1715


three nozzles and drip pans replaced

height 17 ½ in.; diameter of base 7 ¼ in.

44.5 cm; 18.5 cm



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Cataloguing

Provenance

C. Douglas Dillon (1909-2003), New York, before 1968

Catalogue Note

The design of this candelabra is traditionally attributed to the French baroque sculptor Corneille Van Clève (1645-1732), who is known to have supplied models to his brother-in-law, the goldsmith Nicolas de Launay (1646-1727), to be cast in silver. The probate inventory of the sculptor's workshop identifies 'deux chandeliers de bronze en couleur, l'un représentant un satire et un autre une femme sur un dauphin' (F. Souchal, French Sculptors, the Reign of Louis XIV, London 1987, Vol.III p. 398 n.72). A drawing attributed to Van Clève in the Berlin Kupferstichkabinett depicts a very similar design for a candle holder with an identical base and nozzle to the offered lot, the only difference being the central stems in the form of a man and woman bearing a child on their shoulders (ill. P. Hughes, The Wallace Collection of Furniture, London 1996 Vol.III p. 1201). Candlesticks of this model may have been produced in gilt bronze for Louis XIV's chambre du Roi at Versailles, and one pair today is in the Wallace Collection (Hughes, cat. no. 233).


The present model corresponds to a pair of three-light candelabra recorded as lot 154 in the 1761 sale of the late Trésorier général de la Marine, Marcellin-Francois-Zacharie de Selle: Deux très beaux Chandeliers à trois branches, enriches d’ornemens. Les tiges sont compoées l’une d’une Bacchante, qui ayant un pied posé sur un Dauphin, tient de la main droite un autre Dauphin par la tête, dont la queue soutient la bobèche, A l’autre tige, est un Satyre assis sur un Tigre, il teint une corne d’abondance d’où sort la bobèche; leurs pieds sont en rocailles et moulures.


An identical pair, possibly the offered lot, was in the Baron Erich von Goldschmidt-Rothschild collection, sold Ball & Graupe, Berlin, 23 March 1931, lot 337 (ill.). A further pair was in the collection of Mrs Charles Allen, sold Sotheby's New York, 1 November 1997, lot 44 ($162,000 with premium). Candlesticks of the same model without arms have also appeared on the market, including a pair from the Akram Ojjeh collection sold Sotheby's Monaco, 26 June 1979, lot 184, and another at Sotheby's London 20 June 1986, lot 3.

STYLE: Furniture, Silver, Ceramics
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