A George IV Period Gilt Bronze Chandelier
In the Régence Manner
By Messenger & Phipson
The 8-light chandelier of gilt bronze constructed around a central baluster and vasiform stem incorporating a bowl with tapering finial, the whole extensively decorated in foliate and acanthus leaf decoration; the 8 s-curved arms issuing from the stem beneath mascarons and terminating in stiff-leaf drip pans. The upper section in baluster form bearing addorsed putti herms in a cage-like configuration with draping floral garlands, beneath acanthus scrolls and a rocaille crest. Bearing the foundry marks “MESSENGER” and “M & P.”
Related chandeliers are rare to come to the market, such as those form the Leverhulme Collection from Thornton Manor sold Sotheby’s London 2001 and from the famous Safra Collection sold Sotheby’s New York 2011.