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Candelabrum
  • Candelabrum
  • Attributed to Jean-Louis Prieur (1725 - 1795) , Possibly
  • France
  • 1766 - 1770
  • Gilt bronze
  • Height: 80.5 cm
    Width: 38 cm
  • F139
  • Not on display
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  • 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.