Hans Ottomeyer/Peter Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, Vol. I, page 238.
Pierre Verlet, Les Bronzes Dorés Français du XVIIIeme siècle, Paris, 1987, page 94.
This impressive chandelier is based upon an original model made by Pierre Gouthière (1732-1813) for the Duc d'Aumont and which was sold in the latter's sale in 1782. In the sale catalogue an engraving of the chandelier was illustrated, reproduced here in fig. 1. The current whereabouts of the duc d'Aumont's chandelier are to date unknown.The legendary sale of the remarkable collections of the duc d'Aumont took place on nine consecutive days in December 1782 at the Hôtel d'Aumont, beginning on the 12th and continuing until the 21st. It was organised by the marchands-merciers Phillipe-François Julliot and Alexandre-Joseph Paillet and the public viewing had lasted for nearly a month previously (12th November until 8th December). The catalogue description of the original chandelier reads: " 351 Un lustre à six branches à rinceaux d'arabesques, cul de lampe à fil de perles, cannelures à jour enrichies de fleurons, culot à godron et rosasse, soutenu par quatre doubles chaînons, ornés sur le milieu d'une couronne de rose, passant dans un couronnement de goût Chinois et terminé par un cordon de même genre figurant guirlande. G.; hauteur, y compris le cordon d'ornement, 27 pouces 6 lignes; diamètre, 20 pouces. Voyez la planche, no. 351"
The chandelier was bought by Paillet on behalf of the King for 2,500 livres ("Paillet, pour le roi...2,500 liv.). Pierre Verlet states op. cit., that Marie-Antoinette liked it so much that she had it immediately installed in her Private apartments at Versailles.
Pierre Gouthière (1740-1806):
Gouthière was recorded as living in the Quai Pelletier when he was received master on 13th April 1758. He worked for the court and produced many of the most important comsissions of the duc d'Aumont, the duchesse de Mazarin and Madame du Barry.
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