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Candelabrum
  • Candelabrum
  • Attributed to François Rémond (1747 - 1812)
  • France
  • 1780 - 1782
  • Gilt bronze, patinated bronze, brass links and steel hooks
  • Height: 98.7 cm
    Width: 47 cm
  • Stamp: '14'
    Stamp: '8'
    Stamp: '13'
    Stamp: '0'
  • F132
  • Dining Room
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  • The design of these candelabra cleverly incorporates contrasts: between the dark, patinated bronze of the vase which was intended to evoke the Antique world of Greek and Roman bronzes, and the rich gilding of the applied figures and decoration; between the beautiful female bodies and the lascivious grinning faces of the satyrs; and between the solid, heavy bases and the fluid and dynamic arabesques of the candle branches. The quality of the modelling of the fauns illustrates the role played by sculptors in the production of French 18th-century gilt-bronze ornament. These candelabra underline the complexity of the manufacturing process, which involved a number of different skilled craftsmen and which also resulted in a large number of different elements which had to be soldered, bolted or pinned together to produce the finished product. Almost none of these joins are visible to the naked eye.

    A pair with F133, they are attributed to François Rémond (1742-1812) on the basis of similarities between the candleholders and friezes with other works by the bronzier. Variations of this model are also known, of varying quality, which suggests that they were commissioned by a marchand mercier, most likely to have been Dominique Daguerre, perhaps from different bronzier workshops. A previous attribution to Pierre Gouthière is no longer tenable, but the comparison of the seated fauns with the figures on the serpentine vase, mounted in gilt-bronze by Gouthière for the duchesse de Mazarin for presentation to the duc d’Aumont (now in the Louvre, inv. no. OA5178), remains valid as a stylistic influence.