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MARNYHAC

Bronze caster
(active in the 2d part of the 19th century)
attributed to

Oriental style chandelier

France
Circa 1870

Height : 62 cm (24,4 in.) ; Diameter : 68 cm (26,8 in.)

A very fine oriental style six light arms gilded and patinated bronze chandelier, with a central baluster-shaped barrel adorned with stylized foliage, acanthus leaves and elephant’s heads cast in patinated bronze. Six lightarms issue from the elephants’ tusks and finish in cut crystal corolla.

Biography

Marnyhac et Cie was used as the commercial name for the Société des Marbres et Bronzes Artistiques de Paris (the Paris Marbles and Artistic Bronzes Society) which was established since the middle of 19th century in Paris, on the Opera avenue and then at N.1, rue de la Paix. Managed by Charles de Marnyhac, the bronze-foundry company specialized production of luxurious pieces as well as casts from models made by the greatest sculptors of the time, such as Jean-Baptiste Clésinger (1814-1883), Amédée Charron (1847-1937) and Eugène Despléchin (1852-1926). The Marnyhac firm was awarded a medal at the 1878 Universal Exhibition, and showed again their works at the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1900. The company closed down around 1910.

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