An impressive pair of Louis XV style gilt and patinated bronze twenty four light chandeliers in the manner of Jacques Caffieri (1678-1755) first half 20th century
Each with a scrolled leaf cast open baluster centering a palm issuing two tiers of finely cast and chased candle arms and berried cups; three patinated figures of young children are seated on rocaille ground holding birds aloft; below are three winged putti holding symbolic crenelated towers and laurel wreaths; a floral tiered pendant below. height 48in (122cm); diameter 54in (137cm)
An identical pair sold Sotheby's, New York, April 27, 2006, 19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Ceramics and Works of Art, lot 184.
This chandelier is based on a model by Jacques Caffieri made between 1750 and 1753 for the Chateau d'Anet and later moved to the Bibliotheque Mazarine. The crenelated towers, or rooks, held by the putti are thought to represent the three towers in Madame de Pompadour's coat-of-arms.
Jacques Caffieri was the foremost French bronze founder in the first and second quarters of the 18th century. He executed many commissions for the Crown and the Royal chateaux. Madame de Pompadour, as royal mistress to Louis XV and proponent of the arts in France, was also a patron of Caffieri. Examples of similar Caffieri chandeliers can be seen in the Wallace Collection Catalogues, Hertford House, 1956, items F.84 and F.83.
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