A Superb Ormolu Eight-Light Chandelier After a Design by André-Charles Boulle



Emanating from a central column, the uppermost part has a gadrooned collar dressed with four female caryatids interspersed with anthemion sprays; below four rams heads; the lower inverted conical section issues eight ‘S’ form arms, of square form, chased with foliates, having stiff leaf cast drip pans and baluster form nozzles, separated by mascarons of the god Pan, who is adorned with pendant laurel swags, and terminating in an acanthus-wrapped berried boss. French, Circa 1870.

A virtually identical Boulle chandelier may be seen at the Victoria and Albert Museum, which has been dated to circa 1690. Another chandelier of the same model is in the J. Paul Getty Museum, Malibu. The Boulle chandelier designs were first officially published in a folio of eight plates by Pierre-Jean Mariette between 1707 and 1730.
Andre-Charles Boulle (1642-1732) was received as a Maître Ébéniste in 1666, quickly becoming known as ‘the most skilful artisan in Paris’, and was appointed ‘Ébéniste du Roi’ in 1672, when he became a resident of the Louvre Palace, and was granted the especial privilege of being permitted to work both as a cabinet maker and bronzier. His genius informed the subsequent two hundred years of French craftsmanship.

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