Ref. 1693

H. Vian

(attributed to)

Louis XVI style Chandelier

Circa 1890

Height : 79 cm (31,3 in.) ; Diam. : 50 cm (19,7 in.)

Beautiful Louis XVI-inspired chandelier in gilded bronze with six lights. The baluster-shaped central shaft, in gilded bronze and blue enamel is richly adorned with griffins heads, foliage and flames. It is lit by six light arms surmounted by griffins heads and decorated with foliage scrolls, attached by garlands to a floral wreath surrounding the shaft. The base ends with a pine cone.


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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