A pair of French 18th century Louis XV gilt-bronze chenets, each with scrolling acanthus leaves issuing from a scrolling Rocaille base. Width 30 cm. Depth 52 cm. Height 27.5 cm. (2)
Louis XV. Louis XV (1710 – 1774), known as Louis the Well Beloved was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who ruled as King of France and Navarre from 1 September 1715 until his death in 1774. He succeeded his great-grandfather Louis XIV at the age of five, but until he reached maturity in 1723, his kingdom was ruled by Philippe II, Duke of Orléans, his first cousin twice removed, as Regent of France.
acanthus. A stylized leaf motif, one of the primary decorative elements of classical Greek and Roman architecture. Used as a decorative element in English, European and Australian furniture, particularly on the curve of a leg, and as decoration for a corbel.
bronze. An alloy of copper and tin, traditionally in the proportions of about 9 parts of copper to 1 part of tin.
The discovery of bronze in Western Asia in the 4th century enabled people to create metal objects which were superior to those previoulsy possible because of its strength and hardness, and it has been used throughout the world for weapons, coins, tools, statuary and other decorative items.
It is very fluid in a molten state, and its hardness, strength when set, and non-corrosive properties makes it most suitable for casting sculpture.
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