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Eight-light chandelier

Maker:
Possibly by André Charles Boulle (French, Paris 1642–1732 Paris)
Date:
ca. 1710
Culture:
French, Paris
Medium:
Chased bronze and gilt, iron
Dimensions:
Height: 32 3/8 in. (82.2 cm);
Diameter: 34 in. (86.4 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Bronze
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, 2013
Accession Number:
2013.238.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 531
Richly ornamented with satyr masks and female busts, this type of early eighteenth-century chandelier has often been associated with the work of André-Charles Boulle. Granted the title of cabinetmaker and sculptor to Louis XIV in 1672, Boulle not only produced case furniture decorated with tortoiseshell and brass, examples of which are shown in this gallery, but also worked in gilt bronze. Several designs for chandeliers by Boulle are known but none corresponds exactly to this model.
Marking: Stamped on each detachable drip pan and six of the linings of the candle-holders: R
[ Stiebel Ltd. , New York, until 1961; sold to Wrightsmans ] ; Charles and Jayne Wrightsman , New York (from 1961) ; Mrs. Charles Wrightsman , New York (1961–2013; to MMA)
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