Magnificent Pair of Gilt-Bronze Figural Empire Period Candelabra

Buyer Protection Guaranteed

About

A magnificent and highly important pair of gilt bronze figural Empire period candelabra. The candelabra take the form of a male and female figure in classical dress, the male figure draped with a lions pelt. Each figure is modelled in a contro posto pose and support on their shoulders vases issuing six candle branches. Both figures are raised on square section plinths embellished with finely cast fronded acanthus.

In 1804 Napoléon I, crowned himself Emperor of France, ending years of political instability and signalling the dawning of the Empire period. During this time, the economy was booming and a new aristocracy was forming, with Napoleon's court as its cornerstone. The Empire Period saw the revival of classical ideas and influences, primarily in the decorative arts with Napoleon's court adopting classical designs discovered in the archaeological excavations of Pompeii and Herculaneum early in the Nineteenth Century. The ancient forms of the classical Greeks and Romans, discovered in these ruins, gained a new popularity during the Empire period. Typical Empire Motifs included the acanthus leaf, anthemion (stylised honeysuckle), animal-paw feet, cornucopia, classical figures, dolphin, eagle, lyre and rosette. For ornamentation, ormolu was a prerequisite.

Details

  • Of the Period
    Empire
  • Place of Origin
    France
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1815
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
  • Dimensions
    39.76 in. H x 11.81 in. W x 12.6 in. D
    101 cm H x 30 cm W x 32 cm D
  • Seller Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    LU102809526761
About the Seller

1stdibs seller since 2014

Typical response time: 13 hours

Located in London, GB

Associations:
  • The British Antique Dealers' Association
  • LAPADA - The Association of Arts & Antiques Dealers

More from this Seller

Pair of Large Art Deco Figural 'Clarté' Lamps by Max Le Verrier
Pair of Large Art Deco Figural 'Clarté' Lamps by M...
Max Le Verrier
Bronze, Glass
A pair of large Art Deco figural 'Clarté' Lamps by Max Le Verrier (French, 1891–1973). Signed in cast 'M le Verrier'. At 84 cm (33 inches) this was one of the largest casts produ...
Pair of Napoléon III Gilt Bronze and Enamel Candelabra
Pair of Napoléon III Gilt Bronze and Enamel Cande...
Alfred Emmanuel Louis Beurdeley
Bronze
An exceptional quality pair of Napoleon III gilt bronze and enamel four-light candelabra, after the model by Pierre Gouthière, by Alfred-Emmanuel-Louis Beurdeley. Stamped underneath...
Pair of Japanese Bronze Vases Mounted as Lamps
Pair of Japanese Bronze Vases Mounted as Lamps
A Fine Pair of Japanese Patinated Bronze Vases Mounted as Lamps. The body of each baluster form vase cast in relief with a school of fish swimming against a swift current, the eye...
Empire Style Bronze Three-Light Chandelier
Empire Style Bronze Three-Light Chandelier
Bronze
A fine Empire style gilt and patinated bronze three-light chandelier, with a circular corona cast with stiff leaves and a pine cone boss above reeded suspension rods with swan terminals...
Set of Four Large Gilt-Bronze Figural Wall Appliques, French, circa 1900
Set of Four Large Gilt-Bronze Figural Wall Appliqu...
Bronze, Cut Glass
A very decorative set of four large gilt bronze figural wall appliques each in the form of a female term with raised hands and supporting on her head a single sconce issuing acanthus le...
‘Les Grands Faunes’ Cast Pair of Bronze Candelabra, French, circa 1880
‘Les Grands Faunes’ Cast Pair of Bronze Candelabra...
François Rémond
Bronze, Granite
‘Les Grands Faunes’, A large and very finely cast pair of gilt bronze and patinated-bronze figural candelabra on green granite marble bases, after a model by François Rémond. The cande...
Pair of Gilt Bronze Three-Branch Wall Lights
Pair of Gilt Bronze Three-Branch Wall Lights
Bronze
A pair of gilt bronze three-branch wall lights with a ribbon swag, quiver and arrow eagle head decoration.  
Pair of Patinated Bronze Figural Torcheres Cast by Barbedienne. French, 1872
Pair of Patinated Bronze Figural Torcheres Cast by...
Emile Coriolan Hippolyte Guillemin, Ferdinand Barbedienne
Bronze
A highly important pair of large patinated bronze figural torcheres by Émile Guillemin, cast by Ferdinand Barbedienne. Barbedienne title: 'Deux Femmes, Indienne et Persane'. Incised '...
Empire Style Globe Three-Light Chandelier
Empire Style Globe Three-Light Chandelier
Bronze
A gilt and patinated bronze Empire style globe three-light chandelier. The body of the chandelier is suspended from reeded cord supports rising to a foliate cast corona, the star-studde...
Empire Revival Gilt Bronze and Cut-Glass Pendant Chandelier, French, circa 1910
Empire Revival Gilt Bronze and Cut-Glass Pendant C...
Bronze, Cut Glass
An Empire Revival gilt bronze and cut-glass pendant chandelier. Of globular form this fine chandelier has a central gilt bronze band cast with vases issuing flowers flanked by swan m...
Pair of Chinese Porcelain Vases Mounted as Candelabra, circa 1890
Pair of Chinese Porcelain Vases Mounted as Candela...
Henry Vian
Bronze, Porcelain
A very fine pair of Chinese guan-type blue and white porcelain vases depicting the Eight Horses of Muwang mounted as candelabra. The French gilt bronze mounts by Henry Vian. The bron...
Pair of Gilt-bronze Wall Lights by Henry Dasson, French, dated 1889
Pair of Gilt-bronze Wall Lights by Henry Dasson, F...
Henry Dasson
Bronze, Ormolu
An Exceptional Pair of Gilt-Bronze Four-Light Figural Wall Appliques Depicting Flora and Zephyr, by Henry Dasson et Cie. Signed and dated ˜henry Dasson et Cie. 1889' These unusual a...