Pair of Louis XVI style gilt bronze and glass lanterns
French, 20th Century
Height 117cm, diameter 54cm
This exquisite pair of lanterns take an octagonal beehive shape, which is often referred to as ‘Versailles’ shape, as it was based on an 18th Century model built for the Chateau of Versailles. The frame of each lantern is formed in gilt bronze, and the upper section of the lantern is surmounted by a crown. Below this is a circular gilt bronze section decorated with acanthus leaf forms, shells and acorns, which leads to the main, octagonal body of the lantern which features rectangular panes of bevelled glass in four rows, held within a gilt bronze frame. The lower section of the lantern is mounted with lion masks and terminates with a pin finial.