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Candlestick
  • Candlestick
  • Corneille van Clève (1646 - 1732) , Sculptor , based on a model by
  • Nicolas de Launay (died 1727), Goldsmith, first example possibly made by
  • France
  • c. 1715
  • Gilt bronze
  • Height: 39.5 cm
    Diameter: 19 cm, base
  • F31
  • Reserve Vault 3
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • This candlestick and its pair (F31) are based on models by Corneille Van Clève (1646-1732), possibly first carried out in 1702 in silver gilt by the goldsmith Nicolas de Launay (d. 1727) for the bedroom of Louis XIV at Versailles. Van Clève's designs, with similar bases and candleholders, are shown in two drawings in Berlin, which have been attributed in the past to Charles Le Brun, but which may perhaps be by Van Clève (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kunstbibliothek, Hdz2724, 2725). 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 quality of chasing and finish of this pair suggests that although they are probably early eighteenth-century castings, they were not made under the supervision of Van Clève or his brother-in-law, de Launay.