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Set of four three-light wall brackets

Designer:
Design attributed to Charles Cressent (French, Amiens 1685–1768 Paris)
Maker:
Casting and chasing attributed to Jacques Confesseur (ca. 1695–1759)
Date:
ca. 1745–49
Culture:
French
Medium:
Gilt bronze
Dimensions:
22 1/2 × 16 × 7 1/2 in. (57.2 × 40.6 × 19.1 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Gilt Bronze
Credit Line:
The Lesley and Emma Sheafer Collection, Bequest of Emma A. Sheafer, 1973
Accession Number:
1974.356.133–.136
Not on view
The parrots' tails form an integral part of the overall design attributed to Charles Cressent (1685–1768). They may have been cast and chased by Jacques Confesseur, who collaborated with Cressent. In the catalogues of two sales that Cressent organized of his stock in 1749 and 1757, several pairs of wall lights with parrots, of either lacquered or gilded bronze, were listed. Strictly against guild regulations, Cressent, who was trained as both a cabinetmaker and a sculptor, had furniture mounts, wall lights, andirons, and other gilt-bronze furnishings made in his own workshop-a practice that brought him into conflict with the guild of casters and gilders. Although the model was popular and repeated a number of times, these wall lights are stamped with a crowned C, a tax mark in use between February 1745 and February 1749.
Marking: On gilt bronze: crowned C (Paris tax mark in use between February 1745 and February 1749)
Lesley and Emma Sheafer , New York (until 1974; bequeathed to MMA)
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