A few little somethings to buy in case your daughter changes her mind and wants that big wedding. Fun to have otherwise, too. Luigi Valadier, maker. Living from 1726 to 1785, he was Rome’s most sought after silversmith.

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Table centerpiece. 18th c. Italian. Luigi Valadier, maker. Photo credit: Waddesdon Image Library/Mike Fear. Waddeson Manor Collection. Image © 2020 Apollo Magazine. Fair use license. via https://www.apollo-magazine.com/rothschild-treasury-waddesdon/
Pair of five-light candelabra
Pair of five-light candelabra, the porphyry drums with gilded bronze bucrania and swags with the shaft curving up in the form of a baluster to become a small bowl at the top, decorated with gilded lions’ heads and three Roman theatrical masks, from which sprout clusters of gilded bronze leaves. Three bronze female figures standing on the drum and encircling the baluster. 1774. Classical. Deep red porphyry and gilded bronze. Made for the suite of public rooms in the Palazzo Borghese in Rome, part of the redecoration for Prince Marcantonio. Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. In the public domain. via https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/208172
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Bacchus and Adiadne rendered in marble and precious stones. 18th c. Marble and precious stones. Part of a 2018 exhibition at the Frick in New York. Photo credit: Courtesy of The Frick Collection. Image © 2020 Condé Nast. Fair use license. via https://www.architecturaldigest.com/story/luigi-valadier-the-frick-an-18th-century-decorative-artist-deser-statues

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