Russian Crystal, Cobalt Glass and Gilt Bronze Chandelier Attributed to Zekh For Sale
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Russian Crystal, Cobalt Glass and Gilt Bronze Chandelier Attributed to Zekh

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A rare and important Russian late 18th Century twelve candle crystal chandelier attributed to the renowned firm of Johann Zekh. Crafted in Saint Petersburg of mercury-gilded bronze, cobalt blue glass and intricately cut crystal in an exuberant fountain motif, this magnificent twelve-light fixture recalls the grandeur of Russia’s sumptuous Imperial palaces. The chandelier retains its original candlelight fixtures and has never been wired for electricity. Johann Zekh, one of Saint Petersburg’s most celebrated masters of the late 18th-early 19th century, created a very similar chandelier for the Winter Palace apartment of Grand Duke Alexander Pavlovitch in 1796. After the Russian Revolution, objects that were thought to represent bourgeois wealth were forbidden by the Communist regime, and countless rarities were destroyed. Delicate and easily broken or destroyed items of such luxury from pre-Revolutionary Russia are rare and in fact the cobalt blue glass elements and some of the crystal on this chandelier might not have survived the destruction and may be later 19th or possibly even 20th Century replacements.

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  • Of the Period
  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    1790
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 39 in. x Dm 39 in.H 99.06 cm x Dm 99.06 cm
  • Diameter
    39 in. (99.06 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Vancouver, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU4631214748451
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