Elephant bronze chandelier

Antiques

Antiques

Ref. GL00004

HEIGHT : 118 cm / 46.50 inch

118 cm / 46.50 inch

DIAMETER : 66 cm / 26.00 inch

66 cm / 26.00 inch

STOCK : In-Stock

In-Stock

MATERIAL : Bronze

Bronze

LOCATION : Gargas, France

Gargas, France

20,000
A chandelier composed of silvered bronze with three arms in the form of elephant heads whose trunk support an opaline globe. This work could be a curiosity from a famous French cabinet maker, Alphonse Giroux, who made unusual pieces between end of 18th beginning of 19th century. Very early, the elephant was a favorite motif in the decorative arts. Tapestries and works of art have often referred to this powerful exotic animal. At the end of the 17th century, with the amplification of commercial trade to the Orient, artists and sculptors renewed this theme and integrated it into their compositions: "Elephants Pendulums" by Caffieri in the 18th century, bronzes animal by Barye in the 19th and those of Jouve in the 20th century, etc... This silvered bronze chandelier with three arms of light, featuring elephant’s heads linked together with chains and then connected at the top by foliage; brings us in England in the Victorian era. A sculpture full of finesse and rich in details; this chandelier is similar to works of houses like Elkington in England and Giroux in France around 1870.
Lustre en bronze argenté avec trois bras de lumière en forme de tête d’éléphant dont la trompe soutient un globe en opaline. Ce travail d'après modèle, est à rapprocher de celui du célèbre ébéniste français, Alphonse Giroux, qui a réalisé des pièces inhabituelles à la fin du XVIIIème/début XIXe siècle. Très tôt, l’éléphant a été un motif privilégié dans les arts décoratifs. Tapisseries et objets d’art ont souvent évoqué ce puissant animal exotique. A la fin du XVIIe siècle, avec l'amplification des échanges commerciaux en Orient, les artistes et sculpteurs renouvelèrent ce thème pour l’intégrer dans leurs compostions : « Pendules à l'éléphant » de Caffieri au XVIIIe siècle, bronzes animaliers de Barye au XIXe et ceux de Jouve et XXe siècle, etc. Ce lustre à trois bras de lumière en bronze argenté, figurant des têtes d'éléphants unies entre elles par des chaînettes annelées et reliées en leur sommet par des rinceaux feuillagés, nous conduit dans l'Angleterre de l'époque Victorienne. Véritable sculpture pleine de finesse et riche de détails, ce lustre est à rapprocher de réalisations des Maisons Elkington en Angleterre et Giroux en France vers 1870.

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