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A matched set of four french ormolu-mounted white marble candelabra
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A MATCHED SET OF FOUR FRENCH ORMOLU-MOUNTED WHITE MARBLE CANDELABRA\n\nAFTER THE MODEL BY JEAN-FRANÇOIS LORTA FOR THE CHÂTEAU DE BELLEVUE, 19TH CENTURY\n\nComprising two pairs, the first pair signed Joan FR. Lorta Sculp. 1788 with three candle arms on porphyry bases and of an earlier date, the other pair with six candle arms on rouge griotte marble bases, each figure clothed with drapery in the antique manner and holding a fluted cone aloft issuing a central incense burner and candle arms draped with abundant garlands of fruit, flowers and buds and issuing further similar garland sprays behind\n\n56 ½ in. (143.5 cm.) high, each
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PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED EUROPEAN COLLECTION (LOTS 86-141)

These spectacular candelabra, sumptuously combining carved white marble figures with richly cast candle arms in gilt-bronze, are inspired by the celebrated set of four candelabra with figures emblematic of the four Seasons supplied by the sculptor Jean-François Lorta in 1788 to Mesdames Adelaïde and Victoire, daughters of Louis XV, for the grand salon of the château de Bellevue as part of a lavish refurbishing scheme. These candelabra remained at Bellevue during the Revolution, but were later moved to the Tuileries in 1807, when they were installed in Empress Josephine’s second salon. In 1830 the four were split up, with Summer and Winter remaining initially at the Tuileries in the Galerie de Diane before being moved to Fontainebleau to the bedchamber of the Duc d’Orléans, while Spring and Autumn were briefly at Versailles (1839-1840) before being moved to the Empress’s bedchamber at Fontainebleau where they remained from 1857-1930. All four were eventually reunited at the Louvre later in the 20th Century, where they remain today (see D. Alcouffe et al., Gilt Bronzes of the Louvre, Dijon, 2004, p. 181, cat. 93).

Lorta, who had received the second prize in the prix de Rome in 1779, was active at the court and had previously supplied two groups to Madame Adelaïde in 1783, Bergers assis avec une flûte and Jeune fille assise avec un couple de colombes (now at Versailles). He continued to work both under the Empire and the Restauration- his Amour Endormi of 1819 was later bought by Charles X.

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PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED EUROPEAN COLLECTION (LOTS 86-141)

origin

AFTER THE MODEL BY JEAN-FRANÇOIS LORTA FOR THE CHÂTEAU DE BELLEVUE, 19TH CENTURY

lot_number

123

provenance

The pair with porphyry bases:

Anonymous sale; Sotheby's London, 24-25 November 1988, lot 31.

Acquired from Jean Lupu, Paris, February 1989.


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