August 12, 01:15 PM GMT
24,000 - 35,000 GBP
A FRENCH GILT-BRONZE AND CUT-GLASS SIX-PIECE GARNITURE, BY CHRISTOFLE & CIE CIRCA 1880
comprised of a centrepiece, a two-tier centrepiece, a pair of tazze each with cut-glass dishes, and a pair of six-light candelabra, cast with stylised foliage and cherubs as supports, the gilt-bronze stamped CHRISTOFLE and with various other marks
the centrepiece, 22.5cm. high, 53cm. wide, 23.5cm. deep; 1ft. 8¾in., 9¼in., two-tier centrepiece, 56cm. high; 1ft. 10in., each tazza, 31cm. high, 27cm. wide; 1ft.¼in., 10½in., each six-light candelabra, 66cm. high, 31.5cm. wide; 2ft. 2in., 1ft¼in.
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Although best known for their work as silversmiths, Christofle & Cie also produced pieces in gilt-bronze and this garniture is a good example of the company's skilled craftsmanship in this medium. For their fine quality pieces, Christofle & Cie naturally enjoyed great success and in fact was appointed fournisseur du Roi Louis-Philippe and later in 1855 fournisseur de l'Empereur.
An almost identical centrepiece with two cherubs by Christofle was offered Sotheby's London, 26 February 1999, lot 111. Furthermore, an almost identical pair of six-branch candelabra by Christofle was sold Christie's London, 15 May 1997, lot 180.