The Spelling Manor's Living-Room Wall-Lights.
A Very Fine Set of Six French 20th Century Louis XV Style Gilt-bronze Figural Three-Light Wall Sconces, each modelled with a center cast of a parrot, the waisted urn nozzles with lobed undersides, above foliate cast drip pans issuing from entwining foliate branches. Circa: Paris, First-Quarter 20th Century.
Designed in the Louis XV 'pittoresque' style popularised by Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier and Nicolas Pineau, these wall-lights relate to the oeuvre of the sculpteur, fondeur et ciseleur du roi Jacques Caffiéri (1678-1755). In the Inventory drawn up following his death in 1755, no.43 is described as un autre model double de bras de cheminée ancien à perroquets à deux branches, and this model was already listed in an earlier inventory of his stock in 1747.
Two related pairs of parrot wall-lights, one with two and one with three branches, were supplied to Madame Infante, Louise-Elizabeth of France, duchesse de Parma for the Palazzo di Colorno. Discussed in A. Gonzàlez-Palacios, Gli Arredi Francesi, Milan, 1995, no. 52, p.243, the Colorno wall-lights are stamped with the C couronné poinçon and were recorded in the R.le Guardaroba in the 1769 Inventory. All of the Colorno wall-lights were almost certainly amongst the thirty-four wagons of furnishings and fineries brought back to Colorno from the duchesse's second trip to Paris between September 1752 and September 1753.
Connaissance des Arts, November 1961, p.90, fig. 9.
The Connoisseur, February 1964, p.74, fig.1.
A. Pradère, Charles Cressent, sculpteur, ébéniste du Régent, Dijon, 2003, p.207.
Overall Height (with light-bulbs): 28 1/2 inches (72.4 cm)
Bronze Height: 22 inches (55.9 cm)
Width: 14 1/2 inches (36.8 cm)
Depth: 9 1/4 inches (23.5 cm)
Jan's & Company Fine French Antiques, Inc. is proud to announce the acquisition of the Antique French chandeliers, antique mantels and wall lights from the residence formerly known as the Spelling Manor, now the Petra Ecclestone Residence.
Photo Credit: Atwater Village Newbie
The luxurious 57,000 square foot sprawling estate in the exclusive Holmby Hills neighborhood is the largest private residence in Los Angeles, even larger than the White House, and was catalogued as most expensive home in the United States. The French Château style residence which sits on 4.7 acres was built in 1990 by the late legendary TV producer Aaron Spelling for his wife Candy.
In a 2008 CBS News interview at The Manor, Mrs. Spelling talks about all the antique chandeliers and fireplace mantels which the Spelling's had acquired in Europe. In another video, Mrs. Spelling tours her home and talks about the acquired items.
The following is an image of these wall lights as they hanged at The Spelling Manor's Living-Room (See back wall) (MLS Photo - Credit & Authorized use by Hilton & Hyland – Jeff Hyland and Rick Hilton):