Lot n° 252
40000 - 50000
THOMIRE ET DUTERME (1804-1820) EXCEPTIONAL... - Lot 252 - Osenat
THOMIRE ET DUTERME (1804-1820) EXCEPTIONAL PAIR OF CANDELABRES in patinated and gilded bronze representing winged Victories holding a palm and supporting a bouquet of six lights in the form of cornucopia of acanthus leaves and openwork palmettes in coils joined in a laurel crown and ending in swan's beaks. They rest on half-spheres, a cylindrical base decorated with profiles in foliage medallions alternating with torches and laurel garlands held by ribbon bows and chiseled on the lower part of a frieze of rais de coeur. Square base Empire period. Attributed to Thomire-Duterme (resumption of the patina). H: 89 cm - W: 33 cm These candelabras are to be compared with two pairs in gilt bronze delivered to the Garde-Meuble by Thomire-Duterme on July 11, 1810 for the bedroom of the Empress in the Tuileries Palace1 and described : " two pairs of girandoles, figures of winged women .... holding in one hand a palm and in the other a crown where are adjusted 5 branches ..... all the said ornaments in gilt bronze....1 900 the pair?" The latter are mentioned in the inventory of 1833 in the first salon called the "King's red salon "2 . They were then placed in 1849 in the Invalides 3. The decoration of the pedestals is inspired by a drawing by Charles Percier and Léonard Fontaine 4. A bouquet of lights identical to the branches of the candelabras we are presenting was delivered in 1811 by Lucien-François Feuchère for the gallery of the Château-Neuf de Meudon, Imperial Palace under the First Empire5. The Mobilier National has three other pairs of similar candelabras, one of which is kept at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris -1 - AN .O2 611, inv. 1810, n° 7949. - 2 - AN .AJ 19169, inv. 1833, n°451. - 3- AN.AJ 19 658, inv.1849, n° 46344. - 4 - Recueil de Décorations Intérieures et tout ce qui se rapporte à l'ameublement. Paris 1827, Pl. XV. - 5- Marie-France Dupuy-Baylet, Time, Fire, Light : The Bronzes of the Mobilier National 1800-1870, Dijon 2010, p. 214-218 -8- Ernest Dumonthier, The Bronzes of the Mobilier National, Lighting and Heating Bronzes, Pl.
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