The Wallace Collection

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Candelabra
  • Candelabra
  • Attributed to François Rémond (1747 - 1812)
  • France
  • c. 1800
  • Gilt bronze, patinated bronze, steel bolts and vert de mer marble
  • Height: 106 cm
    Width: 41.2 cm
  • F156
  • West Room
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • The model was introduced by François Rémond (1747-1812) in June 1785, but few examples survive from the years immediately after this, although production continued for twenty years. The palmette and palm-leaf candleholders of the Wallace Collection pair were models introduced later by Rémond, in about 1800. This, and the quality of the casting and chasing, helps support the approximate dating.

    The candelabra are entirely neo-classical in style and spirit. The partially-draped female figures of patinated bronze evoke the statues of antiquity, or the designs found on Etruscan vases. They reach up to tie festive ribbons around the branches of the candelabra; the stems are decorated with rams’ heads, laurel wreaths and garlands of fruit and flowers, and supported on a tripod base formed by three recumbent winged sphinxes. The pedestals evoke the altars of classical temples, and are decorated with more garlands and oval gilt-bronze plaques depicting scenes from classical life.

    A pair of candelabra of this model, presumably also by Rémond, was seized from the comte de Fernan-Nunez, Spanish Ambassador, in 1793. A further pair was delivered to Tsar Paul I on 28 October 1798 by the dealer Xavier Labenski.