Monday, April 16, 2007

IMPORTANT EUROPEAN FURNITURE,WORKS OF ART,CERAMICS & CARPETS



Sale Title
IMPORTANT EUROPEAN FURNITURE,WORKS OF ART,CERAMICS & CARPETS
 
Location
New York, Rockefeller Plaza Sale Date Apr 20, 2007

Lot Number 0132        -         Sale Number 1842

Creator
EACH SIGNED 'RABIAT ZE' TWICE AND 'RABIAT R' TWICE, EARLY 19TH CENTURY

Lot Title
A PAIR OF EMPIRE ORMOLU AND PATINATED-BRONZE FIVE-LIGHT CANDELABRA

Estimate 15,000 - 25,000 U.S. dollars

Lot Description
A PAIR OF EMPIRE ORMOLU AND PATINATED-BRONZE FIVE-LIGHT CANDELABRA EACH SIGNED 'RABIAT ZE' TWICE AND 'RABIAT R' TWICE, EARLY 19TH CENTURY
Each with one winged central candlearm with entwined serpents surrounded by four tapering fluted candlearms with acanthus leaves, on a verde antico base with anthemian and putti, female figures probably originally with wings
31 in. (79 cm.) high (2)

Lot Notes
Claude-François Rabiat (d. 1815), was apprenticed to Etienne Vignerelle in 1769 and established as maître in 1778. Established at 41, rue Beaubourg, he had a thriving business and regularly provided a variety of clocks and candelabra to other accomplished bronziers and horlogers including Thomire, Feuchère and Claude Galle. An example of this practice is firmly established through a documented pair of candelabra delivered on 23 December 1809 by the bronzier Claude Galle for the Boudoir of the Petit Trianon at Versailles illustrated in D. Ledoux-Lebard, Le Grand Trianon, p. 35, and H. Ottomeyer, P. Pröschel et al., Vergöldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, Band II, p. 705, fig. 21. Further information on Rabiat can be found in D. Ledoux-Lebard, 'Rabiat', L'Estampille/L'Objet d'Art, April 1991, p. 91.