The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Candelabrum
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • France
  • 1765 - 1770
  • Gilt bronze, black lacquer, steel bolts and white marble
  • Height: 136.2 cm
    Width: 41.5 cm
  • Stamp: '2'
    Stamp: '2'
    Stamp: '2'
    Stamp: '2'
  • F155
  • West Room
Further Reading
  • These candelabra (with F154) clearly illustrate the way in which the taste for the classical past gripped the decorative arts in the 1760s in Paris. In 1763, J-M. Vien exhibited a painting at the Salon entitled ‘Une Prêtresse brûle de l’encens sur un trépied’, which was engraved by C-F. Flipart as ‘La vertueuse Athénienne’ and subsequently exhibited at the Salon of 1765. This model is very similar to the design of the incense-burner painted by Vien, but with the addition of a removable lid fitted with candelabra to allow for a dual function.
    Tripod-mounted incense- or perfume-burners became popular accoutrements for fashionable rooms in the late 1760s and 1770s, and many variants – in gilt wood, hardstone or gilt-bronze – of different sizes were produced. These tripods bear a close resemblance to the gilt-bronze candelabra cast by Philippe Caffiéri for the Warsaw Palace in 1766-68, and resemble some slightly later designs by Robert Adam in England.