A fine French Rococo style giltwood chandelier<br>fourth quarter 19th century
Lot 1299W
A very fine and impressive Italian Rococo Revival giltwood sixty-eight light chandelier
mid 19th century
Sold for US$ 68,500 inc. premium
Lot Details
Property of Ms. Anne-Merete Robbs, Phoenix, AZ
A very fine and impressive Italian Rococo Revival giltwood sixty-eight light chandelier
mid 19th century
The reeded standard entwined with grapevines issuing four scrolling foliate candlearms each with twelve lights and supported by a crouching faun, above a second tier of four scrolling candlearms with five lights each, centered by a gadrooned and foliate carved pendant.
height 77in (196cm); diameter approximately 69.5in (176.5cm)


  • Provenance:
    By repute, formerly in the Palazzo de Larderel, Livorno, Italy

    Francois Jacques de Larderel (1789-1858) was an engineer whose French parents emigrated to Tuscany during the turmoil of the Revolution. De Larderel developed a process to extract boric acid from the volcanic mudflats in the Montecerboli area of Pomerance. This innovation would make him very wealthy, and even earn him the title of Count of Montecerboli, bestowed upon him in 1837 by Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany.

    The Larderel Palace in Livorno was begun by the architect Riccardo Calocchieri in 1832. As de Larderel's fortune and art collections grew, he made successive enlargements and improvements to it, notably by Ferdinando Magagnini, who designed the Troubadour style giltwood decorations of the Gothic Hall in 1836, and the Grande Galleria in 1846 to display de Larderel's collection of paintings. The Palazzo was filled with family portraits, marble busts and statues of illustrious Tuscans, enamels, bronzes and even mummies.

    The de Larderel and Ginori Conti families were united through the marriage in 1898 of Prince Piero Ginori Conti (1865-1939) to Adriana de Larderel (1872-1925), the great-granddaughter of Francois de Larderel. Piero continued de Larderel's engineering firsts by conceiving the world's first dynamo powered by geothermal power, in 1904. The Palazzo and the Larderello borax works eventually passed by inheritance entirely into the hands of the Ginori Conti family. Today the Palazzo de Larderel is the seat of the Magistrate's Court of Livorno.
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