Jean-Louis Prieur (1725 - 1795)
- 1766 - 1770
- Gilt bronze
- Height: 80.5 cm
Width: 38 cm
- Not on display
- These candelabra (with F139) are tentatively attributed to the sculptor and bronze founder Jean-Louis Prieur (c. 1725-after 1785) on the basis of a pair of the same model auctioned in 1913 at the Oppenheim sale which were accompanied by a clock bearing Prieur’s signature. Prieur produced many drawings in 1766 for Stanislas Augustus Poniatowski, king of Poland, in which he showed a predilection for the use of infants in the design of candlesticks, candelabra and clocks. He was not the only designer/architect to use them as motifs, but the infants on these candelabra show marked similarities to his designs, including the pronounced foreheads and deep-set eyes.
Other examples of the same model, from both the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, are known.