Rare Louis XV Candelabra Acquired for the Chinese Palace at Oranienbaum


This article was researched from Russian media sources and written by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia © 2018

The Chinese Palace at Oranienbaum recently acquired a pair of rare Louis XV candelabra. The items were purchased at an auction with the funding provided by the Society of Friends of Peterhof.

The era of Louis XV – the eighteenth century – was the heyday of porcelain production in Europe. During the rococo era, the decoration of palace interiors with expensive and fragile porcelain works was very popular. The decoration of the pair of bronze chandeliers includes porcelain figures of boys and girls, as well as the finest floral decoration. These decorations are made according to sketches by one of the most famous Saxon sculptors – Johann Joachim Kendler (1706-1775).

In 2018, the Chinese Palace will celebrate its 250th anniversary. To celebrate the jubilee, the opening of the three restored halls of the Empress Catherine II’s favourite house will take place. This summer, visitors to the Chinese Palace will be able to view the candelabra, and other unique objects of decorative and applied art of the 18th century.

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© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 1 March 2018