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A WATERCOLOR DRAWING REPRESENTING A CHANDELIER, EXECUTED BY THE PARISIAN BRONZIER FRANÇOIS RÉMOND (C. 1747-1812)

French. Circa 1800.

Measurements

Sight Size: Height: 95" (241.5 cm); Width: 56" (142.5 cm); Framed: Height: 100" (254 cm); Width: 61" (155 cm).

Research
Watercolor and ink on sectional paper.

Provenance:
Galerie Monluc, Paris Early 1990s

This studied watercolor represents a complete, full-size chandelier made as a presentation drawing for potential customers. The chandelier it depicts was executed by the Paris bronzier François Rémond, after drawings by Francois-Joseph Bélanger, Charles Percier and Pierre Léonard Fontaine, and belongs to a small and rare group of such life-size drawings depicting furnishings as finished products.

Other drawings from this known group include a psyche and dressing table designed by Pierre-Paul Prud’hon, made by the bronze artist Pierre-Philippe Thomire and the goldsmith Jean-Baptiste Claude Odiot on the request of the City of Paris in 1810 as a gift to the Empress Marie-Louise, which had been preserved in the Odiot archives (figure 1). A fourth item is a drawing of a scabbard in tortoiseshell and metal marquetry, which was sent circa 1715 to Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, and is now preserved in the Kupferstichkabinett, Dresden.1

The chandelier reproduced here measures approximately 7 ½ French feet2 (243 cm) high and 14 French feet in circumference (453 cm), with a diameter of approximately 144 cm. Archival documents indicate that it was part of a pair, each with forty-eight lights, executed circa 1800. Two descriptions of these chandeliers are known; one printed in 1819 indicates that the chandeliers were made “from the drawings of MM. Bellanger [al. François-Joseph Bélanger], Percier and Fontaine.” The second document is a manuscript dating to 18283 and describes the design as deriving “from the drawings of Messieurs Percier and Fontaine, architects of the Louvre and the Tuilleries.”

Full research report available on request.

Full research report available on request.