A Fine Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Cherub Six-Light Chandelier, after the model by Pierre Gouthière for Marie Antoinette.
French, Circa 1870.
The chandelier having elaborate acanthus scrolling arms issued from a classical torch stem surmounted by three perching ignipotent cherubs blowing trumpets beneath a finely cast gilt-bronze flame finial.
The original model for this Chandelier was designed by Pierre Gouthière for Le Cabinet Doré in Marie-Antoinette’s private apartments at the Palace of Versailles, where it remains to this day. A design for the chandelier by Gouthière survives in the collections of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.