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A pair of gilt-bronze mounted Meissen porcelain candelabra with the Allegories of the Arts and Sciences
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A pair of gilt-bronze-mounted Meissen porcelain candelabra modelled by J.F Eberlein, with the Allegories of the Arts and Sciences\nthe gilt-bronze mounts Louis XV/XVI Transitional, circa 1770, the porcelain circa 1755 , Each with a porcelain group depicting cherubs as the allegory of the Arts, the other the allegory of Science, on an oval gilt-bronze base cast with piastres and drapery swags, issuing three acanthus leaf-cast candlearms, drip-pans and bobèches entwined with porcelain flowers and gilt-bronze leaves, on acanthus cast scrolled feet\nEach: 41cm. high, 26cm. wide; 1ft.4in., 10¼in.
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Mayer Alphonse James  Rothschild (1827-1905):

The banker, philanthropist, racehorse owner and art collector was a member of the French branch of the Rothschild banking family. He was also known as Alphonse and was the eldest son of James Mayer de Rothschild (1792-1868) and his mother was Betty de Rothschild (1805-1886), the daughter of Salomon Mayer von Rothschild from the Austrian branch of the family. Alphonse was trained to take over Rothschild Frères bank and became prominent in the financial world and was appointed regent of the Banque de France. In 1857, he married a cousin Leonora `Laure' de Rothschild (1837-1911), the daughter of Lionel de Rothschild (1808-1879) of the English branch of the family. As part of his father's estate he inherited a large residence in Paris at 2 rue Saint-Florentin on Place de la Concorde and the Château de Ferrières, an enormous mansion and woodlands to the East of Paris.

He operated a vineyard with his brother Gustave and on the death of their father in 1868, they inherited Château Lafite-Rothschild. He was made a member of the Legion of Honour for his contributions to the French economy at the time of the Franco-Prussian War and in 1896 he was elevated to the Grand Cross, the highest class of the Legion of Honour.

As an avid art collector he amassed a huge collection including Dutch Old Masters and Islamic Works of Art and in 1855, he was made a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts.

dimensions

Each: 41cm. high, 26cm. wide; 1ft.4in., 10¼in.

literature

Pierre Kjellberg, Objets montés du Moyen Âge à nos jours, 2000, illustrated p.167.

This pair of gilt-bronze-mounted Meissen porcelain candelabra was modelled by Johann Friedrich Eberlein. He worked at Meissen as the first assistant modeller to Kändler from 1735-1749. His engagement by the manufactory was directly linked to the production of the animal figures of the "Japanese Palace". The influence of Kändler's style is constantly evident in all Eberlein's pieces. Although a talented artist and capable of developing subtle individual nuances in his work, Eberlein can be mainly credited for helping to form a new, unified style at the Meissen manufactory.

provenance

Baron Alphonse de Rothschild, thence sold from his collection from the Hôtel Lambert and the Château de Ferrières, lot 227, Sotheby's Monaco, 25th-26th May 1975.


*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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