The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Candlestick
  • Corneille van Clève (1646 - 1732) , Probably based on a model by
  • Charles Le Brun (1619 - 1690), Probably based on a design by
  • France
  • c. 1700
  • Gilt-bronze
  • Height: 34 cm
    Diameter: 17.5 cm, base
  • F29
  • East Drawing Room
Further Reading
  • This candlestick and its pair (F29) bear some resemblance to a model of candlestick designed by Corneille Van Clève (1646-1732) and executed in the early eighteenth century in silver gilt by the goldsmith, Nicolas de Launay (d. 1727). They share the same model of candleholder, and general idea of a twisted figure seated on a vase holding a candle (see other candlesticks in the Wallace Collection, F30-31). The goldsmith Claude I Ballin (c.1615-1678) also owned models for a pair of candlesticks depicting a seated man and woman holding a horn of plenty that supported a candleholder. The models are also reminiscent, however, of February and May in the group of twelve full-scale seated figures of the Months bearing fluted horns of plenty and single candle branches, carried out to the designs of Le Brun in the 1670s for the 'salle octagone' of the Appartement des Bains at Versailles.
    From the large number of component parts - each candlestick is made up of seven separate casings, brazed together - and the mercury gilding it is likely that these are early eighteenth-century castings.