Chandelier

Object Details

Title:

Chandelier

Artist/Maker:

Attributed to André-Charles Boulle (French, 1642 - 1732, master before 1666)

Culture:

French

Place:

Paris, France (Place created)

Date:

about 1710

Medium:

Gilt bronze

Object Number:

76.DF.13

Dimensions:

77.5 × 81.3 cm (30 1/2 × 32 in.)

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Each element of this chandelier-the curving arms, drip pans, and candle holders--is stamped with a crowned C, showing that the chandelier must have been either repaired or resold between 1745 and 1749. In February 1745, Louis XV, king of France, issued an order that all new and old objects made entirely or partly of copper be taxed. As a result, all pieces that passed through the workshops of the bronze casters and dealers between these years bear the small stamp showing that the tax had been paid.

The chandelier's small size indicates that it was probably made for a library or private apartment. Its shape and square section arms are characteristic of the work of André-Charles Boulle. An engraving published in 1710 by Daniel Marot inspired this design.

Provenance
-

Antenor Patiño, Bolivian, 1896 - 1982

- 1976

Kraemer et Cie, French, founded 1875, sold through Antiquitaten GMBH, Geneva, to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1976.

Bibliography

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Wilson, Gillian, and Catherine Hess. Summary Catalogue of European Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 81, no. 160.

Harwood, Buie, Bridget May, and Curt Sherman. Architecture and Interior Design through the 18th Century: An Integrated History (Upper Saddle River: Prentice Hall, 2002), p. 392, no. 23-12, pl. 56.

Wilson, Gillian, et al. French Furniture and Gilt Bronzes: Baroque and Régence: Catalogue of the J. Paul Getty Museum Collection (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2008), pp. 326-333, no. 38.

Ronfort, Jean Nérée, ed. André Charles Boulle 1642-1732: Un nouveau style pour l'Europe, exh. cat. (Paris: Somogy Éditions d'Art, 2009), p. 268-69.