A PAIR OF FRENCH SILVER-GILT NINE-LIGHT CANDELABRA
A PAIR OF FRENCH SILVER-GILT NINE-LIGHT CANDELABRA

MARK OF CHRISTOFLE, PARIS, CIRCA 1878

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A PAIR OF FRENCH SILVER-GILT NINE-LIGHT CANDELABRA
MARK OF CHRISTOFLE, PARIS, CIRCA 1878
Each on a square base, surmounted by a scroll and fluted plinth, the stem formed as a bacchant supporting a vine-clad canopy with musical trophies, the three-tiered lights formed as scroll and foliate branches with vine-clad sockets and ovolo waxpans, with flame-form finial, the base applied with a cartouche engraved CB, fully marked except for one finial, central tiers of branches and five sockets, stamped CHRISTOFLE
31 in. (78.6 cm.) high; 709 oz. (22,076 gr.) (2)

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The model for these candelabra called 'The Laughing Bacchus,' was almost certainly designed by Alfred-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (1824-1887), a leading French sculptor of the second half of the 19th century. Carrier-Belleuse worked for Christofle as a designer and modeller and for the Sèvres porcelain factory as a director of works of art.
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