A Fine Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Cherub Twelve-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.
The model continued to be popular throughout the nineteenth century and examples are recorded by important makers such as Henry Dasson and Maison Beurdeley.