The Wallace Collection

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Pair of Porcelain and Gilt-bronze Candlesticks
  • Pair of Porcelain and Gilt-bronze Candlesticks
  • Possibly Jean-Démosthène Dugourc (1749 - 1825) , Designer , Possibly inspired by Louis-Simon Boizot
  • Possibly France
  • probably early 19th century
  • Soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded and enamel and gilt-bronze
  • C485, Height: 30.8 cm
    C486, Height: 30.4 cm
  • C485-6
  • Reserve Vault 2
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  • These candlesticks are composed of blue-glazed porcelain components fitted onto gilt-bronze mounts, and sections of blue enamelling. The round porcelain piece on the base is additionally decorated with painted birds and gilded wreaths, and may originally have provided the cover of a vessel. The inside rim has been ground away and a large hole was cut in the centre in order to allow for it to be mounted. The middle section rests on three sets of gilt-bronze feet and is composed of a column of blue enamel. Its capital is a group of female caryatid busts supporting another round porcelain section and an urn-shaped candle socket. Given the poor quality of the decoration it is unlikely that any of the porcelain was made at Sèvres. The pieces were probably produced in France during the Restoration period, when the Vincennes-style decoration of porcelain returned to favour. The gilt-bronze mounts were probably made at the same time, and are also inspired by an eighteenth-century design by Louis-Simon Boizot (1743-1809).