Fine Bronze Doré Chandeliers with music-playing Fauns
Louis XVI Style, executed in the last third of the 19th Century
Fine gilded Bronze Doré Chandelier with music-playing fauns in the Louis XVI style, executed in the last third of the 19th century.Sumptuously crafted nine-armed chandelier in finely chiseled gilded bronze. The nine arms are richly decorated with acanthus leaves and floral motifs, crowned with exquisitely chiseled candle cups and nozzles in leaf and flower shapes. The chandelier stem is formed by three caryatids with fauns, depicted with vividly sculpted upper bodies in animated postures.
The music-playing fauns are playing the cymbals and are decorated with three large laurel garlands at the lower part of the caryatids. A small leaf dish forms the lower base of the caryatids, beneath which a large pinecone is positioned at the center.
The heavy gilded bronze chain from which the chandelier hangs transitions into a ceiling crown designed in the shape of large feathers.
The historical design of the three depicted fauns dates back to Hellenistic representations. Famous examples of dancing fauns can be found in various places such as:
The Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Tribuna Room 18 (Dancing Satyr, from the Group “Invitation to the Dance”).
Lichtenstein — The Princely Collection Vaduz-Vienna: Dancing Faun, Massimiliano Soldani-Benzi (1656−1740) after the Antiquity, 1695 – 97.
Royal Academy of Arts: Cast of a dancing Faun; Medici Faun, possibly around 1781.
The presented chandelier with its fauns is an extremely rare model. It forms a splendid centerpiece in any room. The warm reflection of light on the beautiful gilding of the chandelier makes it the focal point of any space.
Chandeliers like this have always been sought-after collector’s items, often commissioned by high-ranking clientele for their castles and palaces from significant masters of their time.
Bronze Doré Chandelier Diameter: 83 cm, Chandelier Body Height: 75 cm, Total Height with Chain: 135 cm (Chain can be shortened).