This celebrated model is first recorded on 26 June 1783, when the ciseleur-fondeur François Rémond invoiced the marchand-mercier Dominique Daguerre 'Pour fonte, façon Et Dorure mate d'une paire de grands flambeaux 4. figures, Et guirlandes et fleur, Etc 1050 livres'. Thus Rémond executed the casting, chasing and gilding to the direct order of Daguerre, who in all probability owned the master model.
Daguerre was almost certainly responsible, therefore, for supplying the comte de Vaudreuil with both candelabra and candlesticks of this model. Subsequently included in the Vaudreuil sale in Paris on 26 November 1787, lots 377-381, these may well be those sold from the Champalimaud Collection, Christie's London, 6-7 July 2005, lot 160.
The design for this model of candlestick has traditionally been attributed to the architect Jean-Demosthène Dugourc (1749-1825) on the basis of a drawing now held in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (GF 21 no. 38.378).