A LARGE PAIR OF LOUIS XVI GILT BRONZE THREE-BRANCH WALL LIGHTS IN THE MANNER OF PHILIPPE CAFFIÉRI, CIRCA 1775
A LARGE PAIR OF LOUIS XVI GILT BRONZE THREE-BRANCH WALL LIGHTS IN THE MANNER OF PHILIPPE CAFFIÉRI, CIRCA 1775
A LARGE PAIR OF LOUIS XVI GILT BRONZE THREE-BRANCH WALL LIGHTS IN THE MANNER OF PHILIPPE CAFFIÉRI, CIRCA 1775
A LARGE PAIR OF LOUIS XVI GILT BRONZE THREE-BRANCH WALL LIGHTS IN THE MANNER OF PHILIPPE CAFFIÉRI, CIRCA 1775
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A LARGE PAIR OF LOUIS XVI GILT BRONZE THREE-BRANCH WALL LIGHTS IN THE MANNER OF PHILIPPE CAFFIÉRI, CIRCA 1775

Estimate: 15,000 - 25,000 USD

A LARGE PAIR OF LOUIS XVI GILT BRONZE THREE-BRANCH WALL LIGHTS IN THE MANNER OF PHILIPPE CAFFIÉRI, CIRCA 1775

Estimate: 15,000 - 25,000 USD

Lot Sold:23,750USD

Lot Details

Description

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE CANADIAN COLLECTION


A LARGE PAIR OF LOUIS XVI GILT BRONZE THREE-BRANCH WALL LIGHTS IN THE MANNER OF PHILIPPE CAFFIÉRI, CIRCA 1775


wired for electricity

height 25 in.; width 18 in.

63.5 cm; 45.7 cm

Condition Report

In good overall condition. Gilding a nice color with the usual minor rubbing and tarnishing. On one wall light each of the laurel swags has one end resting on the inside scroll of the branch and is not soldered to the arm. Beautiful model and impressive scale. 


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Cataloguing

Provenance

Bernard Steinitz, Paris

Catalogue Note

This pair of wall lights, of impressive size and weight, relate closely to an important series of wall lights by the master bronzier Philippe Caffiéri, and commissioned for the Royal Castle at Warsaw in 1768 (see H. Ottomeyer and P. Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich 1986, Vol.II, p.557-558). Originally part of a group of twelve, with nine still remaining in Warsaw, they formed part of the decoration of the celebrated 'Marble Salon'. A signed pen and ink drawing of the design by Caffiéri is in the Warsaw National Museum (ill. in Ottomeyer and Pröschel, Vol.I, p.189, fig.3.10.2/3). A further set of six identical wall lights, one engraved fait par Caffiery on one of the drip pans, is in the Getty Museum, Los Angeles (one ill. P. Verlet, Les bronzes dorés français du XVIIIe siècle, Paris 1987, p.199, fig.228).


An identical pair to the present lot was in the Jaime Ortiz-Patiño Collection, sold Sotheby's New York, 20 May 1992, lot 26. This model is of comparable size and composition to the Warsaw and Getty examples, but with less surface decoration, particularly on the central vase. Philippe Caffiéri (1714-1774, maître 1743), like his father Jacques, was sculpteur-ciseleur ordinaire du roi (sculptor and bronze caster to the King) and both father and son worked extensively for the court, supplying wall lights, andirons, chandeliers and clock cases for the royal palaces of Versailles, Fontainebleau and Compiègne, as well as gilt bronze mounts for furniture, notably the celebrated commode du Roi by Gaudreau (now in the Wallace Collection, London).

Style: Silver, Ceramics, Furniture
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