THE COLLECTION OF MELINDA AND PAUL SULLIVAN
A PAIR OF EMPIRE PATINATED AND GILT BRONZE FOUR-BRANCH WALL LIGHTS ATTRIBUTED TO CLAUDE GALLE, CIRCA 1810
height 15 in.; width 12 ½ in.
38 cm; 32 cm
Handsome model in good condition. With typical minor rubbing, tarnishing, and surface staining to gilding and patination. Nozzles with red wax candle residue. One drip pan with slight warping. Pierced for electricity.
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.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Mallett, London, 1990
This model was designed by Claude Galle for the Imperial Garde-Meubleand installed in Napoleon's bedchamber at the Grand Trianon in Versailles 1809 (still in situ, ill. in H. Ottomeyer and P. Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich 1986, Vol.I, fig.5.10.6 p.357). Galle (1759-1815) was an important supplier to the royal household in the 1780s and received commissions for the palaces of Versailles, Fontainebleau, St Cloud and Compiegne. His workshop employed nearly 400 people at its height and continued during the Empire period, participating in Napoleon's campaign of re-furnishing the former royal châteaux, especially Fontainebleau, until going bankrupt in 1811.