Eight-light chandelier

Possibly by André Charles Boulle French

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.

Eight-light chandelier, Possibly by André Charles Boulle (French, Paris 1642–1732 Paris), Chased bronze and gilt, iron, French, Paris

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