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Im a part-time antiques dealer, & sometimes exhibit at UK antiques shows. My associate in France is an expat American historian of European Decorative Arts & museum curator, with 45 years of advanced experience. Group photos will give you a slight idea of the depth of my collections, and Elly's inventory - more than 400 new acquisitions in the past weeks - keep watching this page. By Henry René d'Allemagne (Paris, 1891) is an important source on early Continental lighting. Personal collection, of which many pieces are illustrated in his book, and later, by Gabriel Henriot was of a diversity & quality that would be impossible to assemble today.In his discussion of 17. Century French baluster candlesticks, d'Allemagne notes that. Struck an irretrievable blow to Western culture in 1689, when he issued decrees ordering the confiscation and melting of silver and gold objects to fund military campaigns. This included virtually all silver candlesticks by Pierre Germain; his designs have been lost to history.
Obviously, d'Allemagne was more than a century closer to earlier periods, and was a voracious scholar, at a time when access to illuminated Books of Hours and other major sources of design were much more accessible - not to mention both public and private buildings and collections destroyed by WWI or WWII. In 1887, d'Allemagne joined the staff of the important Paris library, L'Arsenal (it became part of the National Library in 1934), where he had full access to Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts & books numerous images with L'Arsenal provenance are reproduced in his volume. Additionally, he was a close friend & colleague of other leading scholar/collector/antiquarians of the 2nd half of the 19th century, including Monsieur Le Secq des Tournelles , founder of the world-famous French national museum of iron in Rouen , and Monsieur Léopold Delisle , who became Director of the French National Library in Paris at the turn of the century; his publications remain important for Medieval Studies. The wealth and depth of range in both formal & rustic French lighting, from the Middle Ages to the 20.
Century, exceeds that of any other country. No single reference book has yet to even come close to capturing this vast diversity the best effort to date is the 480-page, landmark 1933 work on lighting by Gabriel Henriot, ENCYCLOPEDIE DU LUMINAIRE Formes et Decors Apparentes. (rare, out of print, & never translated we're lucky enough to own copies). Between 1600 & 1720, French and other Continental base-metal candlesticks underwent a complex evolution which has never been properly documented there are literally hundreds of variations I have not seen in published reference books (especially those in English). Fills yet another void in the evolution of the 17.
Century French candlestick, but is something of a cul-de-sac, in that the form was short-lived, and did not carry through with influencing later pieces. The baluster shaft, and especially the foot are more aligned with the mid-17. The shaft is seamed, which normally dates it as after about 1710 but in very formal silver pieces, shafts were seamed at least as early as 1650. Ive been living in France for 25+ years, and metaphorically speaking, have been to all four corners. This has permitted me to build up an extensive network of professional contacts - Ellys French pieces come from all over the country.
This superb candlestick came from a French dealer - it has no specific provenance (which I always try to obtain), other than the city of Toulouse in Southwest France. Design of the engraving is typical of formal pieces of the late 17. French amateurs tend to tout the name of Jean Bérain to the exclusion of all others in reference to candlesticks or other metalwork that vaguely conform to some Bérain designs, but this is a huge over-simplification.
They include a variety of lighting; a series of engravings by Jean Philippe Boulle, circa 1705, feature both strap-work and lace design, of a heavily architectural nature; earlier André-Charles Boulle engravings illustrated in. D'Allemagne include sconces and chandeliers. Similar examples to this stunning piece are featured in large plate illustrations on pages 284 and 285 of d'Allemagne, in the section on 17. Page 305 of d'Allemagne is a full-plate reproduction of chandeliers and candelabra by.Elements of this can be found in the details from this plate by Boulle. British and American dealers & collectors have an unfortunate tendency to pigeonhole metalwork into neat categories of either bronze, brass or copper.
However, outside of academic sculpture, Franco-Flemish and other Continental metalsmiths prior to the mid-19. Century used a truly bewildering variety of alloys including."Bell metal", which sometimes has a significant percentage of silver added. At least two of a startlingly bright yellow brass (but a century apart); and additionally worked in paktong, one hundred years or more. Other alloys can be even more exotic. This is bronze, and probably the work of a silversmith; most exceptionally, it retains much of its original gilding 80% or more!
Unlike Revival pieces of the mid-19. Century and later, all of the finish detail is very finely hand-punched and engraved. One odd aspect that I can only think of one explanation for is that there is a fair amount of silvering present both under the foot, and on the bottom of the shaft I think that the artisan changed his mind, and decided to gild the candlestick there is not a single trace of silver on the rest of it, including crevices (I looked very closely). The only condition comment is that the shaft is frozen in place, and I saw no need to try and force it apart, at possible risk to an extremely rare survivor from the late 17. We are independently listed with.
For France or the UK. As described, and as-seen but basically outstanding, with no repairs whatsoever.There is the usual wear one expects on pieces of this period. Please examine the photos closely they are an integral part of the description. Note : Photos are high resolution use magnification for viewing details. Please ask, if you wish more. New Bedford Museum of Glass.
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UK checks, or bank drafts, & all bank transfers accepted. My business associate is an expatriate American historian of Decorative Arts, a published antiques editor & writer, guest curator, certified appraiser, & internationally respected authority in early glass, lighting, metalwork, sculpture, period furniture & other categories. He has placed pieces with French & US museums, including the Smithsonian, & assists me with acquisitions, research & texts. We are separate and private, academic collectors, looking to defray the costs of advancing with our own collections.Residing in the European Union, and is available for expertise or arbitration. Josef is an extensively published expert with ongoing academic & commercial commissions, including forthcoming books. We fiercely protect our Intellectual Property rights and in court, when necessary. The item "17th century formal French gilded bronze engraved socket candlestick circa 1690" is in sale since Sunday, May 5, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Decorative Arts\Metalware".
The seller is "etb2011" and is located in Limousin Region. This item can be shipped worldwide.