Album of photographs of chandeliers and wall-mounted candelabra.

France, c. 1880s-1900.

Album (39 x 31 cm) comprising 76 double-sided thick paper leaves with 152 prints (mostly albumen, with a few silver copy prints) loosely mounted into corner slits to each side, mostly c. 28 x 21 cm, some captioned in the negative and signed ‘L.P. phot.’, ‘LM’, ‘JD’, or ‘X phot.’; a little foxing to mounts, occasional short tears; overall very good; quarter dark green leather over cloth sides, marbled endpapers; some staining and a few cuts to covers; pencil numbering and coding to leaves.


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An attractive album comprising albumen prints of 87 sumptuous chandeliers and 65 wall-mounted candelabra, mostly pictured in situ in various luxurious locations in and around Paris. The album would appear to have been compiled as a trade catalogue, perhaps for a business supplying reproductions of the items featured. Each print carries a number to the leaf mount and some are coded with a letter and number e.g. F for Fontainebleau, V for Versailles etc.

The chandeliers and candelabra, encompassing the styles Henri II, Louis XIV, régence, Louis XV, Louis XVI, and Empire, are variously shown in situ at: Fontainebleau, Versailles, the Bibliothèque Mazarine, the Musée Carnavalet, the Musée de Cluny, the Grand Trianon, the Église Saint-Gervais, the Musée du Louvre, the Palais de Justice, Compiègne, Chantilly, Rambouillet, the Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal, and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. One Louis XVI candelabrum is rather charmingly photographed propped up on a chair with someone’s jacket visible on the back (the photographer’s perhaps).

Many of the prints bear the signature ‘L.P. phot.’, the initials of the photographer Louis Antoine Pamard (1840-1893), who based himself at Montrouge, in the southern fringes of Paris, from 1870, worked for Lévy & Cie, and obtained a bronze medal at the 1889 Exposition Universelle. He was succeeded by his son Gustave (1869-1936), who continued to use the initials ‘L.P.’.

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