The Wallace Collection

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Chandelier
  • Chandelier
  • Jacques Caffiéri (1678 - 1755)
  • Probably Philippe Caffiéri (1714 - 1774)
  • France
  • c. 1751
  • Gilt bronze, wrought iron and iron bolts
  • Height: 145.5 cm
    Width: 142 cm
    Weight: 117 kg
  • Stamp: 'C R [with a crown in middle] / C.927.'
    Inscription: 'CAFFIERI A. PARIS' engraved
    Inscription: 'TW' scratched
    Inscription: 'ABC / DEF / GJ'
  • F84
  • Reserve Gallery
Commentary
History
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Further Reading
  • This nine-light gilt-bronze chandelier (F84) by Jacques Caffiéri (1678-1755), which is displayed in the Front State Room of the Wallace Collection, was acquired by Wallace in Paris in November 1871, along with the twelve-light chandelier (F83), which hangs next door in the Back State Room. Both chandeliers are signed by Caffiéri. Both previously hung in the palace of Colorno, north of Parma, and are believed to have been given by Louis XV to his eldest daughter, Louise-Elisabeth (1727-59), who had married Don Felipe, younger son of Philip V of Spain, in 1739. In 1748 Louis XV obtained, for his daughter and son-in-law, the duchy of Parma in Northern Italy and it was probably to furnish their palaces in Parma and Colorno that he gave them the chandeliers. Madame Infante, as his daughter was known, made three trips to Paris after her marriage and is known to have taken back to Parma a large quantity of coaches and wagons filled with furniture and other objects, some of which may have been owned by Louis XV.
    The chandelier has drip-pans cast as sunflowers on the ends of its arms; the same motif appears on the central branches of a set of four gilt-bronze wall-lights in the J. Paul Getty Museum, which also bear nineteenth-century inventory numbers from the palace of Colorno. The wall-lights and the nine-light chandelier may, in the lifetime of Louise-Elisabeth, have furnished the same room.