The Wallace Collection

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Candelabrum
  • Candelabrum
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France
  • c. 1775
  • Gilt bronze
  • Height: 25 cm
    Width: 17.4 cm
  • F127
  • Not on display
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  • Pair of gilt-bronze, two-light candelabra with vase-shaped stems supported on circular bases with lion-paw feet. The drip-pans are cast and chased as radiating flower petals with clusters of berries, and the candle-holders are formed as cups of upright palm leaves interspersed with berries. The vine swags around the vases are cast separately.
    Of extremely high quality casting and chasing, with wonderful naturalistic ornament, these candelabra were acquired by the 4th Marquess of Hertford sometime before 1865 when he lent them to the Musée Rétrospectif in Paris, where they were said to be by Pierre Gouthière (1732-1813). Although this attribution no longer stands up, it is testament to the great skill of the bronzist who worked on them that they were thought to be by the most highly-regarded gilder of his day.