White Marble and Gilt Bronze Russian Chandelier
White Marble and Gilt Bronze Russian Chandelier White Marble and Gilt Bronze Russian Chandelier White Marble and Gilt Bronze Russian Chandelier
White Marble and Gilt Bronze Russian Chandelier

White Marble and Gilt Bronze Russian Chandelier

  • This exceptionally rare chandelier is a shining example of Russian decorative art
  • It is perhaps the only piece of its kind to bring together white marble and gilt bronze
  • The opulent bronze work is masterfully hand wrought with the most intricate details
  • Empire in stye, the sumptuous piece is a truly unique and elegant work of art
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Item No. 30-6701
$88,500
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Crafted of white marble and meticulously wrought gilt bronze, this immensely rare chandelier is a lavish specimen of Russian decorative art. The combination of white marble and gilt bronze is unique to Russian neoclassical design, though this is quite possibly the sole example of their dual use in a chandelier. The closest known comparison is a set of sixteen ormolu and white marble hanging lamps that were supplied to Pavlovsk Palace in 1805, where they still hang in the palace’s impressive Grecian Hall. Crafted from white marble in the form of Roman lamps, those examples lack the sumptuous detail of the present piece. Masterfully worked, the chandelier's hand chiseled gilt bronze is in a class all its own – a trademark of only the most exceptional Russian bronze craftsmen.

Its neoclassical design reflects the fashion in Russia for the Empire style during the early 19th century when they largely looked to France for inspiration. The elegant scrolling arms are adorned by Egyptian masks, a design scheme directly related to the work of the French bronzier Francois Remond. Comparable design motifs can be seen in candelabra found in numerous important collections, including a pair at the Château de Fontainebleau.

In spite of the opulence of the masterfully conceived bronze work, the design is distinctively elegant with a light and airy spirit. Paired with the inherent luxury of white marble, this chandelier perfectly expresses the outstanding grace and artistry synonymous with Russian decorative art.

Circa 1880

26” high x 14” diameter
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Period: 19th Century
Origin:Russia
Type:Chandeliers
Material:Bronze
Diameter:14 Inches
Width:14 Inches
Height:26.0 Inches
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