The Wallace Collection

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  • Candlestick
  • Corneille van Clève (1646 - 1732) , based on a model by
  • Possibly Claude Ballin II (1661 - 1754), Cast by
  • France
  • c. 1735
  • Patinated bronze and gilt-bronze
  • Height: 42.1 cm
    Diameter: 21.4 cm, base
  • F81
  • Not on display
Further Reading
  • This candlestick and its pair (F80) may have been cast by the goldsmith Claude II Ballin (1661-1754) in about 1735, but is based on models by Corneille Van Clève (1661-1754), to whom they are attributed in the Randon de Boisset and du Luc sale catalogues later in the eighteenth century. Van Clève made numerous models for furnishing objects and for gold and silver, to be cast either by his brother-in-law, the goldsmith Nicolas de Launay (d. 1727) or by himself. On 10 November 1702 de Launay delivered six silver-gilt candlesticks with the male figure as on F80 (and another candlestick in this collection, F30) for the bedroom of Louis XIV at Versailles. The goldsmith Claude I Ballin (c.1615-1678) also owned models for a pair of candlesticks depicting a seated man and woman holding a horn of plenty that supported a candleholder.
    This pair, however, is a later Louis XV-style version and, on the basis of descriptions in the de Selle sale of 1761, may be attributed to Claude II Ballin.