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Important Pair of Belle Epoque Ormolu Candelabras w Frog Sculptures by H. Picard

$38,050.28per set

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Truly unique pair of gilt bronze table candelabras by Henri Picard of Paris, France. These amazingly sculptural antique candelabras for more than one reason have the wow factor. First of all, they are made by one of the most famous and celebrated metal workers and 'fondeurs' of mid 19th century Paris. This artisan was commissioned by many important 'patrons', but Henri Picard’s most notable achievement was to supply Napoleon 3rd with various decorative antiques, some of which are still in the State Apartment of the Louvre Museum. The second reason why these candelabras are in a league of their own is the subject matter. Almost all Belle Epoque antiques have classical-world subject matters, but this pair clearly is different and it is this difference that makes this pair even more unique and remarkable. It is almost as if Henri Picard had already caught a glimpse of what was to come three or four decades later. We say so, because the subject matter (with animals and lotus or lily leafs and their organic design) is almost Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts in style. At the base of each of these candelabras are three endearing frog sculptures crouching under lotus leafs. A little further up the stem are a snail, a fly and a beetle sculpture, three creatures that regularly are on the frogs menu. And with the importance of frogs in French culture these candelabras also are of cultural historical significance. The third reason why we believe these works of art are of museum quality are the details. Besides the amphibian, mollusk and insects sculptures, you simply cannot overlook the remarkable details in the leafs, the branches and the floral decorations. They are of a quality and beauty that will make people want to stop, to look at and to study them. Like they would in a museum. Even all the original and removable bobeches AND the two bronze candle extinguishers in the middle are still there. These candelabras are special for all of the above reasons and if you have an idea of what it took to first design and then hand-create them then you will even better understand why we are so enthousiastic. And because they are decorated all around these stunning antiques will also look great in the middle of a table. Also as the best statement and talking pieces that money can buy. Our price for this unique pair includes perfect packing and also free worldwide delivery from our store to your door in just 4 to 6 days. Maximum height x diameter top: 28.3 x 12.5 inches Diamater of the base: 7.9 inches. Diameter of the opening of each bobeche: 0.9 inches. Weight: approximately 7 kilos or 16 pounds each.

Details

  • Creator
    Henri Picard (Metalworker)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 28.3 in (71.89 cm)Diameter: 12.5 in (31.75 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Belle Époque (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1840-1860
  • Condition
    Replacements made: Three of the bronze buds hanging on either side of the Lotus leafs at the base were, at some point in time, replaced by new bronze ones. It was a professional restauration that the former owner told us about. One frog foot and one toe is missing. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. There is an H. Picard maker's mark underneath every frog sculpture (see image 19). Please also read our item description.
  • Seller Location
    Lisse, NL
  • Reference Number
    Seller: FiGQ98772715usfr1stDibs: LU2341327308132

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