Chandelier « aux Têtes de Bélier »
Crystal, Gilded bronze
Height : 80 cm (315 in.) ; Diameter : 55 cm (21,6 in.)
Charming Louis XVI style chandelier in gilded bronze, clear and amber cut crystal with six lights.
The central shaft, formed by a succession of balusters in cut and faceted crystal, is connected to the light-arms by garlands of pearls. The beaded basins are adorned with a ram’s head, and the whole is decorated with cut crystal drops, diamonds and prisms.
Henri Vian, a bronze-caster active in the second half of the 19th Century, made a lot of interior decorations with chimney mantelpieces, ormolu and patinated-mounted vases, chandeliers… He produced articles of the highest quality. The signature can be either in script, usually with a lower case first letter for his Christian name as on these vases, or more commonly with initials h.V. in later pieces. The business, located at 5 rue de Thorigny in Paris (Salé Mansion, now Picasso Museum), was continued by Madame Vian after her husband’s death in 1905.
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