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Pair of Louis XVI style ‘Cors de Chasse’ wall lights


Pair of French neo-classical wall appliques, each with two arms fashioned as French horns, issuing from a ribbon back plate with a sprig of oak leaves and acorns.

France, circa 1900

Height 42cm 16.5in
Width 23cm 9in
Depth 11cm 4.5in

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The model of appliques with French horns was created for Louis XVI. The origin of this model can be attributed to Jean-Jacques Bachelier, whose ornamental drawing is preserved at the National Institute of Art History, Paris at 2, Rue Vivienne, and from the collection Jacques Doucet presents a three-pointed wall lamp in Hunting horns enriched with oak leaves and a knot of trimming tape.

Our model is similar to the appliques preserved in the Chateau Of Versailles, delivered by Galle in 1809 for the Salon du Petit Trianon.

Other horn appliques, with variations, appear in the sales of the eighteenth century, such as the pair bought for Marie Antoinette for the sale of the Duke of Aumont, December 12, 1782, for a considerable sum of 9,100 pounds. The palace of Pavlovsk also preserves a pair of similar appliques.

Bibliography: –
LEDOUX-LEBARD, Denise, Versailles, The little Trianon, the furniture of the Inventories of 1807, 1810 and 1839, p. 98; A model of Gallé reproduced on page 91. –
WANNENES, Giacomo and Rozenn, Ornamental bronzes and mounted objects, from Louis XIV to Napoleon III, Ed. Vausor, Milan, 2004, p. 261.

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