A Pair of Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Figural Wall Appliqués

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Object Description

A Pair of Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Two-Branch Figural Wall Appliqués After Robert-Joseph Auguste.

Each appliqué in chiselled and gilded bronze in the form of an upright female caryatid with up-scrolled, entwined acanthus leaves, to the lower section; the acanthus-sheathed arms issuing scrolling candle arms terminating in scalloped and gadrooned drip-pans with fluted cylindrical bobéche.

Elegant and sophisticated this fine pair of wall lights are designed in the neoclassical ‘goût Grec’ style promoted by the designs of Jean-François Forty in his book of drawings ‘A l’Usage des Orfèvres et des Fondeurs’, circa 1768.

The model is traditionally credited to the famous eighteenth-century ‘maître-orfèvre’ Robert-Joseph Auguste (1757-1801). This attribution relates to a model first recorded in 1776 in the sale of the collection of Blondel de Gagny, which lasted from 10-24 December 1766, where they were described as ‘Une paire de bras à trois branches de bronze doré, très bien executé, & de la composition de M. Auguste; le corps de chaque bras représente un therme de femme’.

A related pair of eighteenth-century wall lights attributed to Auguste is in the Wrightsman Collection in New York and illustrated in F.J.B. Watson, “The Wrightsman Collection II, Furniture, Gilt Bronze and Mounted Porcelain, Carpets”, New York, 1966, n. 231; another pair from the old Grandjean collection is at the Musée des Art Décoratifs in Paris, illustrated in S. Faniel, “Le XVIIIe siècle français”, Collection Connaissance des Arts, Hachette, 1956, p. 128, fig. B.

A popular model they were reproduced in the 19th century by a number the leading ‘bronziers’ of the period.

French, Circa 1900.

Object Literature

‘A l’Usage des Orfèvres et des Fondeurs” (cfr. Guilmard, ‘Les Maîtres Ornemanistes’, Vol. I, p. 240).
F.J.B. Watson, ‘The Wrightsman Collection II, Furniture, Gilt Bronze and Mounted Porcelain, Carpets’, New York, 1966, n. 231.
S. Faniel, ‘Le XVIIIe siècle français’, Collection Connaissance des Arts, Hachette, 1956, p. 128, fig. B.

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