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In the manner of PIERRE GOUTHIÈRE (1732-1813) Full Bio

A Fine Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Cherub Six-Light Chandelier

In the manner of PIERRE GOUTHIÈRE (1732-1813) Full Bio

A Fine Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Cherub Six-Light Chandelier

REF No. B68840

France, Circa 1870

H   122 cm | 48 in
Diameter   68 cm | 26 in

Pierre Gouthière (1732 - 1813) was the most celebrated bronze gilder in France during the eighteenth century, the title of Gilder to the King being given to him by Louis XV. He perfected the most expensive type of gilding of this period, dorure au mat, which involved the use of lavish amounts of gold to create a rich, deep matte finish. As well as working for the King he created items for the Comte d'Artois, the Marquis de Marigny, and the duc d'Aumont.

The collection of the duc d'Aumont was sold at auction in Paris in 1782 and many objects mounted by Gouthière were bought by Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. His works, unsurpassed in creativity and execution, can now be found in the Wallace Collection, London and the Louvre, Paris.

Ottomeyer, Hans, Pröschel, Peter (1986), Vergoldete Bronzen, Klinkhardt & Biermann, Munich; Vol. I, p. 238, figs. 4.4.1. and 4.4.2.

Artist Biography

Pierre Gouthière (1732 - 1813) was the most celebrated bronze gilder in France during the eighteenth century, the title of Gilder to the King being given to him by Louis XV. He perfected the most expensive type of gilding of this period, dorure au mat, which involved the use of lavish amounts of gold to create a rich, deep matte finish. As well as working for the King he created items for the Comte d'Artois, the Marquis de Marigny, and the duc d'Aumont.

The collection of the duc d'Aumont was sold at auction in Paris in 1782 and many objects mounted by Gouthière were bought by Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. His works, unsurpassed in creativity and execution, can now be found in the Wallace Collection, London and the Louvre, Paris.

Literature

Ottomeyer, Hans, Pröschel, Peter (1986), Vergoldete Bronzen, Klinkhardt & Biermann, Munich; Vol. I, p. 238, figs. 4.4.1. and 4.4.2.

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