FRANCE, FIN DU XVIIIe SIÈCLE
PAIR OF LARGE APPLICATIONS TO THE HUNTING TRUMPES Gilt bronze
H. 97 cm, W. 41 cm
Fig. 1 - King's inner apartment, Hunting
Returns Dining Room, towards the Antechamber of the Dogs (in
Sous la direction de Pierre Arizzoli-Clémentel, Versailles,
Paris, Editions Citadelle & Mazenod, Volume II, p. 424-425).
This elegant pair of chased and gilded bronze sconces presents a vertical support decorated with tassels and ribbons ending in a knot at the top.
The two arms of lights in the shape of hunting horns end in broadly flared palm-shaped bobouches supporting blank binets of all decorations. This pair of sconces is a reminder of the aristocracy's taste for venery, and is based on a hunting iconography. Thus King Louis XV used to give supper to the lords and ladies who had accompanied him on hunting trips in the dining room of the Retours de chasses à Versailles, a room that in 1750 replaced a small bathing apartment. Designed by the ornamentalist Jules-Antoine
Rousseau (1710/1782), there are two ice overmantels and two door tops decorated with sconces in the shape of hunting trunks stylistically similar to the model presented here. (Fig. 1).
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