Chandelier

Object Details

Title:

Chandelier

Artist/Maker(s):

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

Culture:

French

Place(s):

Paris, France (Place created)

Date:

about 1710

Medium:

Gilt bronze

Dimensions:

77.5 x 81.3 cm (30 1/2 x 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.

Bibliography

Sassoon, Adrian, and Gillian Wilson. Decorative Arts: A Handbook of the Collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1986), p. 57, no. 125.

Ronfort, Jean-Nérée. "André-Charles Boulle: die Bronzearbeiten und seine Werkstatt im Louvre." In Vergoldete Bronzen: Die Bronzearbeiten des Spätbarock und Klassizismus. Hans Ottomeyer and Peter Pröschel, eds. (Munich, 1986), vol. 2, p. 505.

Verlet, Pierre. Les Bronzes dorés français du XVIIIe siècle (Paris, 1987), pp. 91, 269, fig. 98.

Bremer-David, Charissa et al. Decorative Arts: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue of the Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1993), p. 98, no. 158.

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.

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. 326-33, no. 38.