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A French silvered bronze 'Japonisme' three-piece garniture, late 19th century

UK: Greenford Park Warehouse

Estimate:

12,000 - 18,000 GBP

A French silvered bronze 'Japonisme' three-piece garniture, late 19th century

A French silvered bronze 'Japonisme' three-piece garniture, late 19th century

Estimate:

12,000 - 18,000 GBP

A French silvered bronze 'Japonisme' three-piece garniture, late 19th century


consisting of a pair of five-light candelabra and a clock, the movement with Brocot escapement and outside count wheel striking on a bell

each candelabrum: 64cm. high, 36cm. wide; 2ft. 1⅛in., 1ft. 2⅛in.

clock: 59cm. high, 36cm. wide; 1ft. 11¼in., 1ft. 2⅛in.

In overall very good condition. Some signs of oxidisation from the screws that fix the candleholders in place. Some parts of the silvering worn but minimal. And the glass from the back of the clock movement missing. Movement appears to be complete but is very dirty and will need clean, service and overhaul, bell hammer replaced. With a pendulum but no winder.


"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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This garniture of impressive size and quality reveals the influence of Japan on French decorative arts and furniture pieces from the second half of the 19th century. The garniture indeed presents key characteristics of Japonisme, a craze in France for Japan which later gave rise to art mouvements such as Impressionism, the aesthetic movement and Art Nouveau. With the designer Edouard Lièvre as an important figure for Japonisme and the decorative arts, the design vocabulary often included elephants, dragons, cranes, stylized foliage, blossoming branches, the lotus flower and intricate intertwined lines. 


A mantel clock similar to the present one was sold at Bonhams, London, 4 July 2013, lot 203.