A Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze and Cut-Glass Basket Chandelier With Jasperware Plaques, In the Manner of Pierre Gouthière.
French, Circa 1900.
The Chandelier has five external and nine internal light fitments.
This fine chandelier has a gilt-bronze leaf cast corona above a patinated bronze band with applied gilt-bronze stars suspending chains of cut-glass drops above a central patinated bronze band with gilt-bronze acanthus and circular japserware plaques, issuing five scrolling acanthus wrapped arms headed by goat heads and terminating in leaf cast sconces and folaite drip trays, the lower basket section hung with graduated drops and terminating in a knopped finial.
The goat head terminals to each candlearm are based on the design by Pierre Gouthière for a pair of appliqués made for the Salon Trianon at Versailles for Marie Antoinette. A preliminary drawing for the appliques survives in the collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris and is reproduced as Fig. 4.5.4 in Hans Ottomeyer and Peter Pröschel’s, ‘Vergoldete Bronzen’.