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A SET OF FOUR FRENCH GILT-METAL AND BRONZE FIVE-BRANCH CANDELABRA
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A SET OF FOUR FRENCH GILT-METAL AND BRONZE FIVE-BRANCH CANDELABRA

LATE 19TH CENTURY, IN THE EMPIRE STYLE

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A SET OF FOUR FRENCH GILT-METAL AND BRONZE FIVE-BRANCH CANDELABRA
LATE 19TH CENTURY, IN THE EMPIRE STYLE
The acanthus-leaf wrapped sockets supported by branches surmounted by butterflies held aloft by classically draped maidens perched upon serpentine green marble orns on square bases, the bases stamped 'PARIS LA GARRIERE BELEATOUR & CIE' and each stamped consecutively '473, 474, 475, 476'
34 in. (87 cm.) high (4)
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Lot Essay

These 'bronze' candelabra comprise Egyptian carytic priestesses bearing triumphal palm-flower baskets issuing vase-nozzled cornucopiae, whose attendant butterflies recall the history of Cupid's love 'Psyche' as recounted in Apuleius's Egyptian romance.
Their pattern corresponds to those formerly at the Palais de Compiègne, while their figures relate to those of 'nike' victories invented in 1802 for Empress Josephine's château de Saint-Cloud apartments by the architect Charles Percier (d.1838). They reflect the antique or 'Empire' fashion popularised by Percier and Fontaine's Recueil des Décorations Intérieures, 1801 (see E. Hassling, Le Luminaire; Documents de Style Empire, Paris, nd. Fig 5; and H. Ottomeyer and P.Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, vol. 1, 1986, p. 328 fig 5..2.1.).
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