After Pierre Gouthière (1732 - 1813)


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After Pierre Gouthière (1732 - 1813)

A Louis XVI Style Cut-Glass Basket Chandelier With Jasperware Plaques

FRANCE, Circa 1900

REF No. B73835

dimensions

Height :91 cm | 47⁷/₈ in
Diameter :81 cm | 43⁷/₈ in

description

A Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze and Cut-Glass Basket Chandelier With Jasperware Plaques, In the Manner of Pierre Gouthière.

The Chandelier has five external and nine internal light fitments.

This fine chandelier has a gilt-bronze leaf cast corona above a patinated bronze band with applied gilt-bronze stars suspending chains of cut-glass drops above a central patinated bronze band with gilt-bronze acanthus and circular japserware plaques, issuing five scrolling acanthus wrapped arms headed by goat heads and terminating in leaf cast sconces and folaite drip trays, the lower basket section hung with graduated drops and terminating in a knopped finial.

The goat head terminals to each candlearm are based on the design by Pierre Gouthière for a pair of appliqués made for the Salon Trianon at Versailles for Marie Antoinette. A preliminary drawing for the appliques survives in the collection of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris and is reproduced as Fig. 4.5.4 in Hans Ottomeyer and Peter Pröschel's, ‘Vergoldete Bronzen’.

maker

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. Vergoldete Bronzen, Vol. I, Klinkhardt & Biermann (Munich), 1986; p. 241, fig. 4.5.4

Pierre Gouthière

A Louis XVI Style Cut-Glass Basket Chandelier With Jasperware Plaques







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