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Candlestick
  • Candlestick
  • François Rémond (1747 - 1812)
  • Jean-Démosthène Dugourc (1749 - 1825), Designer
  • France
  • 1783-6
  • Gilt bronze, steel bolts and rods
  • Height: 42.2 cm
    Diameter: 17 cm, base
  • F174
  • Exhibition Gallery 2
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  • This candlestick and its pair (F175) are attributed to François Rémond, on the basis that they are of the same model that he is known to have supplied in 1783 and 1786 to the marchand mercier Dominique Daguerre. Daguerre's shop was one of the most fashionable retailers of decorative art in Paris, and specialised in lighting.
    The candlesticks correspond exactly to a pair shown standing on a green marble table in a watercolour drawing in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, signed by Jean-Démosthène Dugourc (1749-1825) and dated 1790 (inv. no. G F 21 no. 38.378). This drawing, which also illustrates two different designs of candelabra, a porphyry vase and a hardstone table, may have combined executed and unexecuted designs by Dugourc; in his autobiographical notes, he wrote that he had designed in the ‘Arabesque’ and ‘Etruscan’ styles for nine or ten years before the Revolution, which would conform with the dates that this model was produced by Rémond.
    The size is unusually large for single-light candlesticks of the period, but the proportions work well. The design bears some resemblance to the sides of the pedestal designed by Charles de Wailly for the marquis de Voyer two decades earlier (now in the Wallace Collection, F291) and its later iterations in silver produced by the goldsmith Robert-Joseph Auguste.
    The model exists in a large number of examples, some of which may be later castings.