A Very Fine Pair of Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Wall Appliqués

Attributed to BEURDELEY MAISON (worked from 1818-1895)

A Very Fine Pair of Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Wall Appliqués

c. 1890 France

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A Very Fine Pair of Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Five-Light Wall Appliqués after the Model by Pierre Phillipe Thomire for the château de Saint-Cloud, Attributed to Alfred-Emmanuel-Louis Beurdeley.

Each appliqué having a gilt-bronze ribbon back-plate suspending a midnight blue enamelled elongated vase, surmounted by a basket of fruit and flowers. The five 'S'- curve candelarms spring from behind three female masks finely cast with half-closed eyes and ostrich feather crowns. The candle arms terminate in gadrooned trumpet shaped drip trays and plain circular sconces.

This fine pair of wall appliqués are after the model by Pierre-Philippe Thomire, supplied as three pairs in 1787 for the château de Saint-Cloud, and now divided between the collections of the Louvre (OA 5250), and the Petit Trianon. They were ordered by the Garde-Meuble de la Couronne on 29 Sept 1787 for the salon des jeux du Roi at Saint Cloud and delivered by Thomiere in the same year, under the direction of Jean Hauré (active 1774-1791), at a cost of 5,388 livres for the three pairs.

A further pair of identical appliqués attributed to Thomire are in the collection of the J.Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (83.DF.23) and a related pair in the Wallace Collection, London (F378-9).

Peter Hughes in his catalogue entry for the appliqués at the Wallace collection notes that this model was reproduced by the firm of Beurdeley in the late nineteenth century. Given the superb quality of the bronze casting and chiselling, apparent in the present examples, they almost certainly can be attributed to Beurdeley.
Hughes, Peter (1996), 'The Wallace Collection Catalogue of Furniture', London; Vol III; p. 1430-1432, ill. 301.

Ottomeyer, Hans & Pröschel, Peter, (1986), 'Vergoldete Bronzen', Munich; Vol. I, p. 290, f. 4.16.15.

Mestdagh, Camille & Lécoules, Peter (2010), 'L'Ameublement d'Art Français, 1850-1900', Editions de l'Amateur, Paris; p.262-276.
Dimensions
Height 112.00 cm (44.09 inches)
Width 58.00 cm (22.83 inches)
Depth 31.00 cm (12.20 inches)
Stock Code
B65931
Medium
Gilt-Bronze, Enamel
Signed/Inscribed
The bronze stamped indistinctly to the reverse 'C2 BE od iF RF/RE'.
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