The Wallace Collection

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  • Candlestick
  • Attributed to François Rémond (1747 - 1812) , Gilder
  • France
  • 1784 - 1786
  • Gil bronze
  • Height: 21.8 cm
    Diameter: 9 cm, base
  • Stamp: 'TH' and a fleur-de-lis / crowned 'TH 7056' and a fleur-de-lis
  • F171
Further Reading
  • A pair with F170. The stems of each candlestick are in the form of caryatids supporting triangular platforms on their heads, on which stand baskets filled with fruit and flowers. The Greek caryatid form became a popular design source for decorative art in the 1770s and 1780s, easily lending itself as a support for all manner of objects, including vases, table tops and, as here, candleholders.
    The candlesticks are attributed to the bronzier François Rémond: a pair of candlesticks of the same model was supplied to the marchand-mercier, or dealer, Dominique Daguerre by Rémond on 10 April 1784 at a cost of 1,100 livres and almost a year later he supplied another pair for the comte d’Artois’ apartments in the Temple. In May 1786 another exacting patron and a regular client of Daguerre, the dowager Princess Kinsky, bought a pair of these candlesticks from him which she placed in her bedroom in the Hôtel Kinsky. The house was done up in the latest neo-classical style and she placed the candlesticks on the white marble chimneypiece, either side of a rock-crystal candelabrum.
    During the Revolution, both the Kinsky and d’Artois pairs were transferred to the Palace of the Tuileries where they were inventoried in the Salon in 1823. These candlesticks (F170-171) bear the marks of the Tuileries and may thus be either from the comte d’Artois or Princess Kinsky. Another pair in the Wallace Collection (F172-173) are of the identical model but have no marks.
    The figure groups for this model of candlestick were chased for Rémond by François-Aimé Damerat (master 1781). In 1796 Rémond was still making this model of candlestick, but with the figures raised on fluted columns above three circular steps.