Auction  July 26, 2018  Megan D Robinson

Painted Hall Candelabra Take Bonhams Top Lots

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Painted Hall in Greenwich with Candelabras

Bonhams offered a number of high-quality furnishings, accessories, and art for their Home and Interiors Auction this morning. The total sale was £747,950, or $983,239 USD. Sets of silver candelabra from the Painted Hall in Greenwich were a highlight of the Auction. Commissioned in 1939, bearing the monogram of reigning monarch George VI, the meticulously cleaned and restored candelabra add elegance and grandeur to their surroundings. Over 50 candelabra, divided into sixteen lots, sold for a combined total of £221,125, or $290,732 USD, which was well over the upper presale estimate of £100,000, or $131,466 USD.  Candelabra sets made up the majority of the top ten sales, with the first set going for £25,000, or $32,866 USD.  

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A set of four five-light silver candelabra from the Painted Hall at Greenwich by Goldsmiths & Silversmiths Co Ltd, London 1938

Other highlights of the sale included ornate 19th Century French patinated bronze vases, gilt 19th Century carriage clocks and figured candlesticks, intricately embellished trinket boxes, cabinets and armoires, decadent Persian carpets, Art Nouveau photograph frames, 18th and 19th Century silver tea services, and statuary. The auction provided discerning homeowners with some impressive pieces. 

Courtesy Bonhams

A pair of impressive 19th century French patinated and gilt bronze figural five light torchère candelabra, the figures representing Summer and Autumn and from the Four Seasons and cast after models by Jean Francois Lorta (French, 1752-1837)

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Megan D Robinson

Megan D Robinson writes for Art & Object and the Iowa Source.