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Candlestick
  • Candlestick
  • After Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier (1695 - 1750)
  • France
  • c. 1845
  • Gilt bronze and sheet brass
  • Height: 35.5 cm
    Diameter: 18 cm, base
  • Stamp: 'II.'
    Inscription: 'NEC PLURIBUS IMPAR'
  • F74
  • West Gallery II
Commentary
Further Reading
  • This candlestick and its pair (F75) is based on a model of c. 1729 that is attributed to Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier (1695-1750), and the bases may also be compared with the base of a silver candlestick shown in three different engraved views in Meissonnier's 'Oeuvre'. They are, however, nineteenth-century castings. This is indicated by the use of single castings, where eighteenth-century castings are made up of three castings: one for the stem and two for the base. Moreover, the use of the personal motto of Louis XIV, 'NEC PLURIBUS IMPAR' in the cartouches, on a Louis XV model is a historical solecism that implies a nineteenth-century origin.