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Rostropovich - Vishnevskaya: The Private Collection

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A Russian cut-glass and gilt-brass frame chandelier, late 18th century
with four coupled upscrolled candle-arms, attached to a ribbon draped cast ring, festooned with drop chains and cabochon enclosing a blue glass urn
123cm. high, 96cm. diameter, 48 1/2in., 37 3/4in.
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COMPARATIVE LITERATURE

Sychev, I. The Russian Chandeliers: 1760-1830, P.V.B.R., 2003, p.33, fig.100 and 103.

Chandeliers of this quality and scale were commissioned in the late 18th century for important residences, including the Imperial palaces in and around St. Petersburg and Moscow. Rich in ornament and elegance, Russian chandeliers were considered the most important feature in an interior and commonly featured a palmette corona and varying shaped glass pendants.  Most importantly, it is the use of coloured glass which revolutionized the classical chandelier production and which distinguishes Russian chandeliers from the rest. Most certainly manufactured at the St Petersburg glass manufactory, these glass stems and other pieces were produced in various colours - the most prized being dark blue, amethyst and pink.

Although Russian chandeliers always vary in ornament from one another, there are however three types of basic structures, distinctive due to the length of the coloured horizontal glass stem. Indeed, the stem is elongated across the chandelier, or placed either at the top or lower half of the chandelier (see drawing in Sychev, I. The Russian Chandeliers: 1760-1830, P.V.B.R., 2003, p.29, fig.69). From these three types of forms, the makers make decisions regarding the colour, placement and shape of the glass pieces around the stem.

The present example underlines the Catherine or Ekaterina chandelier form that emerged in Russia in the 1780s. Originating from Germany and Sweden, the form adopts a strict construction, with a central coloured glass shaft with tiers of rings and cascades of drops below a corona; overall preferring a play between vertical, horizontal and curved lines. Similar examples have been offered at Christie's London, 25 November 2008, lot 25 and Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers, 9 June 2017, lot 1477.

Rostropovich - Vishnevskaya: The Private Collection

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