Art Nouveau Period Gilt Bronze Three Arm Candlestick, France c.1890

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A fabulous Art Nouveau gilt bronze candlestick from France c.1890. The beautiful lines of this candlestick have a sensuous quality to them that was quite appealing at the end of the nineteenth century in architecture and interior design as the forms represented a new way of seeing traditional motifs. The central shaft stands upon a tripartite base with three well defined avian feet. In each of the three sections between the feet there is a large portrait bust of a Classical visage supported by a large leaf on the left and right beneath each face. The column itself resembles a stream of cascading water as it pours from a single source and has a striated pattern to its surface and flares outward at the base. Directly above the column is a section that resembles a split pomegranate with the seeds appearing in a curvaceous section. The smooth surrounding and the small spheres of the seeds gives a curiously potent effect. The top of the candlesatick has a candle nozzle supported by a flared ring reminiscent of palm leaves and a bold ring of scrolled flourishes where the candle is placed. There are three equidistantly placed candle arms that match the placement of the avian feet and each arm begins with a narrow profile close to the column and then expands in girth as it reaches the end of each arm. All three arms support a circular candle nozzle with a neoclassically inspired pattern visible around the entire circumference. The contrast between the raised sculptural appearance of the central nozzle against the flattened appearance of the arm pattern also gives a sense of contrast and visual interest. The grand scale of the candlestick and its hefty weight in addition to its brilliant gilded bronze finish make it a terrific focal point wherever it is placed within an interior.
Of the Period
Art Nouveau
Place of Origin
Date of Manufacture
19th Century
Materials and Techniques
Wear consistent with age and use
19 in. H
48 cm H
Dealer Location
Houston, TX
Number of Items
Reference Number
About The Seller
Carl Moore Antiques
1610 Bissonnet St.
Houston TX 77005
(832) 648-1978
1stdibs Dealer since 2009 Located in Houston, TX