The Wallace Collection

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Candelabrum
  • Candelabrum
  • Attributed to François Rémond (1747 - 1812)
  • France
  • c. 1787
  • Gilt bronze, patinated bronze and bleu turquin marble
  • Height: 133.5 cm
    Width: 50.5 cm
  • F142
  • Dining Room
Commentary
Further Reading
  • One of a set of four five-light candelabra (F142-5). The patinated bronze female figures hold gilt-bronze cornucopiae bearing flaming torches, although the figures are two slightly differing models leaning in different directions. The upper candle branches are after a model produced by François Rémond (1747-1812) for pairs of three- and two-light wall-lights at Fontainebleau, but this does not mean that he was responsible for the entire production of this set, as he is known to have gilded candelabra of this description for which he only cast and chased the candle branches and candle holders. Two pairs of candelabra similar to these, now at Buckingham Palace, were at Carlton House which suggests that this model may have been commissioned by Dominique Daguerre, who worked on the decoration for George, Prince of Wales in the 1780s.
    Another pair of candelabra in the Wallace Collection (F146-7) is of the same model as F142-5, but the figures are supported on pedestals of a different design. A number of candelabra with the same models of figures are known. The design, with the partially draped female figures holding cornucopiae against their hips, must derive from that of the twenty-four candle stands carved by Babel in 1769 for the Grande Galerie at Versailles and has been attributed to Louis-Simon Boizot (1743-1809).