A French 19th Century Louis XVI St. Ormolu And Crystal Lantern
Item # 8900
A spectacular and high-quality French 19th century Louis XVI st. ormolu and crystal lantern. The lantern is modeled after an antechamber lantern still situated in the Palais de Versailles which was featured in Henry Havard's 19th century Ameublement dictionary. The lantern is centered by a richly chased bottom acorn finial amidst fine acanthus leaves in a wonderful satin and burnished finish. The body displays a fabulous shape and symmetry with a stunning array of thick crystal panes, most likely by Baccarat, framed within an impressive ormolu cage with pointed foliate finials. Above are three most decorative smooth cabochons flanked by rich acanthus leaves with berried laurel garlands and charming seashell cabochons. The top crown displays the royal shape of a crown with richly chased ormolu jewel-like designs on a hammered background below the scrolled and Fleur de Lys movements and its original ormolu canapé.