Friday, October 26, 2007

PAIR OF ORMOLU, PATINATED BRONZE AND MARBLE SIX-LIGHT CANDELABRA, CIRCA 1800, ROME, ATTRIBUTED TO FRANCESCO RIGHETTI

PAIR OF ORMOLU, PATINATED BRONZE AND MARBLE SIX-LIGHT
CANDELABRACIRCA 1800, ROME, attrib. TO FRANCESCO RIGHETTI
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MEASUREMENTS
measurementsheight 32 in.; width 12 1/4 in.
alternate measurements81 cm; 31 cm
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LITERATURE AND REFERENCES
The patinated bronze female figures on this pair of candelabra are identical to those found on a pair signed by Righetti and dated 1790, illustrated in Alvar González-Palacios, Il Tempio del Gusto, Roma e il Regno delle Due Sicilie, Vol. II, Milan, 1984, fig. 266. Righetti established his workshop in Rome in the 1780s where he produced a variety of bronzes which included his own original models and copies after the Antique. He was joined by his son Luigi and developed close ties with Charles Heathcote Tatham, the architect who was Henry Holland's agent in Rome. In 1805 he succeeded Valadier as head of the Fonderia Vaticana. The female figures are repeated on a candelabrum executed circa 1801-1802 for San Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, illustrated, González-Palacios, Il Tempio dei Principe, Vol. II, p. 262, pl. 525.
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PROVENANCE: Private collection (SDK)
(Formerly sold at Sotheby's, London, June 15, 1990, lot 132,)