These candelabra, with poetic Victory personified as a winged female figure, are conceived in the antique or 'Empire' fashion popularised by Charles Percier and P. F. L. Fontaine's, Recueil de Décorations Intérieures. Claude-Francois Rabiat (d. 1815), was apprenticed to Etienne Vignerelle in 1769 and established as maître in 1778. Established at 41, rue Beaubourg, he had a thriving business and regularly provided a variety of clocks and candelabra to other accomplished bronziers and horlogers including Thomire, Feuchère and Claude Galle. An example of this practice is firmly established through a documented pair of candelabra delivered on 23 December 1809 by the bronzier Claude Galle for the Boudoir of the Petit Trianon at Versailles illustrated in D. Ledoux-Lebard, Le Grand Trianon, p. 35, and H. Ottomeyer, P. Pröschel et al., Vergöldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, Band II, p. 705, fig. 21. Further information on Rabiat can be found in D. Ledoux-Lebard, 'Rabiat', L'Estampille/L'Objet d'Art, April 1991, p. 91.