An Impressive Belle Epoque Twenty-One Light Chandelier

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Object Description

An Impressive Belle Epoque Gilt and Patinated Bronze Twenty-One Light Chandelier. Attributed to Maison Millet, Paris.

This spectacular chandelier is modelled with a sinuous gilt-bronze scrollwork frame. The corona is cast with acanthus leaves and shells issuing four pierced rocaille supports and a central baluster stem connecting intertwined branches with seated putti herm busts holding lights with frosted glass rose flower shades.

France, Circa 1900.

This impressive chandelier relates to the production of ‘La maison Théodore Millet’ around 1900. Wrought in finely cast gilt and patinated bronze, the sculptural design is coupled with scrolled branches and is informed by the Louis XV style with an Art Nouveau accent.

Object History

Maison Millet was established by Blaise Millet in 1853, and continued by his son Theodore until 1902 from premises at 11 rue Jacques-Coeur, Paris, before relocating to 23 boulevard Beaumarchais.

Millet produced fine quality meubles de luxe, specialising in meubles et bronzes d’art, genre ancien et moderne, with an accent on the Louis XV and XVI styles. The firm’s work covered a wide range of furniture, including authorised copies of eighteenth-century styles.

Millet won awards in Paris and London including a gold medal at the 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle, a Grand Prix in 1900 and three further diplômes d’honneur and four médailles d’or. In 1902 the firm was authorised by the director of the Palace of Versailles to replicate Marie-Antoinette’s celebrated Grand cabinet à bijoux.

Maison Millet was an active client of François Linke.

Object Literature

Mestdagh, Camille & Lécoules, Pierre. L’Ameublement d’Art Français, 1850-1900, Les Editions de L’Amateur, (Paris), 2010.

Meyer, Jonathan. Great Exhibitions – London, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, 1851-1900, Antique Collectors’ Club, (Woodbridge, UK), 2006; pps. 276, 317, 320.

Ledoux – Lebard, Denise. Les Ébénistes du XIXe siècle, Les Editions de L’Amateur, (Paris), 1984; pp. 484-486.

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