16 Branch 2 tier Brass Chandelier after The Model By André-Charles Boulle.
This chandelier combines elements from a number of documented chandeliers and designs executed by André-Charles Boulle, ébéniste du Roi, 1642-1732.
France, 19th century
His engravings of chandeliers published circa 1720 under the title ‘Nouveau desseins…’ by Mariette.
Related chandeliers may be seen in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the J. Paul Getty Museum.
The distinctive female caryatid mounts and the Bacchic masks are typical elements of Boulle’s composition, while the paneled, square –section, scrolling arms, decorated with husk-trails, display the influence of Daniel Marot (Nouveau Livre d’Orfèvrie Inventé par Marot Architecte du Roi, published in 1710).