French Empire Ormolu and Crystal FIgural Centerpiece 1820 circa
A magnificent Empire gilt bronze figural centrepiece of French origin, dating back to 1820 circa, with a crystal basket surrounded by palmettes, above three supporting caryatids, three standing female figures on a circular basement with six feet, decorated with vegetal and floral mounted friezes centered with male masks.
Intended to hold flowers or fruit, this wonderful centrepiece or surtout de table, (a French elaborate dining service, which was displayed on a long mirrored plateau in the centre of a grand dining table) is a superb Empire handmade work of art, made by a great fondeur-ciseleur of Empire period, with a superb art of fine chasing and gilding of bronzes.
This type of service was developed in France during Napoleon’s rule and in the wake of his various conquests was soon adopted throughout Europe.
It comes from a private luxury Italian villa, from Como Lake and it is in excellent condition.
We have disassembled this centerpiece to clean it and consists of 24 different pieces and one piece is engraved with monogram C.C.
Each piece is hand-made with an extraordinary high quality chasing, engraving and mercury gilding.
Height: 19 inches – 48 cm
Diameter: 9,5 inches – 24 cm the crystal basker – 22 cm the basement
height: 48 cm
diameter: 22 cm
Pair of antique cast gilt bronze table lamps, two gilded and chiseled candlesticks with superlative gilding. Of French origin, they come from a private house of Milan and have a round ivory color shades. Good Condition, wear consistent with use, see close-up picture details. Working wiring for Italian standard, one Edison 27 light-bulb.
Sizes: Height 49 cm - 26 cm is the candlestick height only. Diameter: 30 cm shade and 13,5 cm is the candlestick base diameter.
A stunning pair of Empire four-light gilt bronze figural candelabra, of French origin, dating back to 1810 circa. Extraordinary high-quality casting, chasing, engraving and mercury gilding.
Each flambeau has four curved branches decorated with floral patterns, ending with palm leaves and wax cups or bobéches are flower-shaped. Candle holders issuing from a torch, held by putti balancing on a round globe. Both cherubs have a perfect anatomy, with curled hair and a spectacular chiseled plumage wings. The candelabra are mounted on a stepped square base measuring 13 x 13 centimeters .
In overall excellent condition, with the exception of old restorations on a garland, an index finger and a leaf top missing.
They come from a luxury villa at Como Lake..
We have disassembled both works for cleaning and each item consists of 38 pieces and a globe edge is engraved with monogram M.B, may be initials of the artisan maker.
Each piece is characterized by a superb casting, chasing, engraving and mercury gilding and must be made by a great French fondeur-ciseleur of Empire period.