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A monumental pair of french ormolu and cut-glass eighteen-light torcheres
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A MONUMENTAL PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU AND CUT-GLASS EIGHTEEN-LIGHT TORCHERES\n\nCIRCA 1880-1900\n\nEach surmounted by a feather cast finial and looped rocaille candle branches suspending shaped prisms, over an undulating central stem supporting three garland-bearing putti and applied with Apollo masks, on a pierced base cast with acanthus-sheathed coquilles and hairy paw feet\n\n110 in. (280 cm.) high, 41 ½ in. (105 cm.) diameter, approximately
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Property From the Collection of Jack and Eileen Feather, Pebble Beach, California

These palatial torchères perfectly encompass the lavishness and height of luxury so often associated with the Belle Epoque in France. Though the bronzier for the pair remains unknown, the undulating neo-Rococo design is reminiscent of the luxurious and sculptural furniture mountings by Léon Messagé and his contemporaries. In 1890, Messagé published his Cahier des Dessins et Croquis Style Louis XV, which inspired a flourish of objets d'art in gilt-bronze, such as clocks and chandeliers, exhibited at the Exposition universelle of 1900.

An identical pair of torchères formerly in the collection of Evalyn Walsh McLean (1886-1947), the last private owner of the Hope Diamond, were installed in the family's vast mansion on Massachusetts Avenue in Washington D.C. after the heiress's father struck gold in Colorado. The pair were subsequently sold at Sotheby's, New York, 8 October 2004, lot 169 ($265,600).

Please note this lot will be moved to Christie’s Fine Art Storage Services (CFASS in Red Hook, Brooklyn) at 5pm on the last day of the sale. Lots may not be collected during the day of their move to Christie’s Fine Art Storage Services. Please consult the Lot Collection Notice for collection information. This sheet is available from the Bidder Registration staff, Purchaser Payments or the Packing Desk and will be sent with your invoice.

Property From the Collection of Jack and Eileen Feather, Pebble Beach, California

origin

CIRCA 1880-1900

lot_number

123

provenance

Evalyn Walsh McLean, thence by descent.

Sold; Sotheby's New York, 8 October 2004, lot 169.


*Note that the price is not recalculated to the current value, but refers to the actual final price at the time the product was sold.

*Note that the price is not recalculated to the current value, but refers to the actual final price at the time the product was sold.


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