AN EMPIRE ORMOLU TWELVE-LIGHT CANDELABRUM
AN EMPIRE ORMOLU TWELVE-LIGHT CANDELABRUM
AN EMPIRE ORMOLU TWELVE-LIGHT CANDELABRUM
2 More
Specified lots (sold and unsold) marked with a fil… Read more THE PROPERTY OF A PRIVATE COLLECTION
AN EMPIRE ORMOLU TWELVE-LIGHT CANDELABRUM

BY PIERRE-PHILIPPE THOMIRE, PARIS, CIRCA 1810

Details
AN EMPIRE ORMOLU TWELVE-LIGHT CANDELABRUM
BY PIERRE-PHILIPPE THOMIRE, PARIS, CIRCA 1810
Modelled as three bacchantes supporting a grape-vine bedecked basket with removable candelabrum, the underside marked in script 'corbeille / 22' and '22', signed 'THOMIRE A PARIS.'
31 ½ in. (80 cm.) high; 20 ½ in. (52 cm.) diameter
Special notice

Specified lots (sold and unsold) marked with a filled square not collected from Christie’s by 5.00 pm on the day of the sale will, at our option, be removed to Cadogan Tate. Christie’s will inform you if the lot has been sent offsite. Our removal and storage of the lot is subject to the terms and conditions of storage which can be found at Christies.com/storage. Please call Christie’s Client Service 24 hours in advance to book a collection time at Cadogan Tate Ltd. All collections will be by pre-booked appointment only. Tel: +44 (0)20 7839 9060 Email: cscollectionsuk@christies.com. If the lot remains at Christie’s it will be available for collection on any working day 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. Lots are not available for collection at weekends.

Brought to you by

Dido Penny
Dido Penny

Check the condition report or get in touch for additional information about this

If you wish to view the condition report of this lot, please sign in to your account.

Sign in
View condition report

Lot Essay

The present exceptional and large centrepiece has a basket on top intended for an arrangement of flowers. The dancing bacchante have a soft matt gilding known as dorure au mat. The matt-gilt ornaments are set against backgrounds which are deeply gilt and brilliantly burnished. This quality of gilding and the use of strong contrast in the finish, exemplified in Thomire’s carefully executed pieces, is typical of the Empire period.

Thomire was the most important Parisian manufacturer of gilt bronzes in the early 19th century. He trained as a sculptor under Houdon and was apprenticed to the ciseleur Pierre Gouthière. In 1776, he set up business and from 1783 worked at the Sèvres porcelain factory to provide ormolu mounts. He established a new bronze business under the name Thomire, Duterme et Cie in 1804, was entitled ciseleur de l’Empereur in 1809 and retired in 1823.

A slightly smaller centrepiece, lacking the removable candelabrum, is in the V & A Museum, London (M. 135-1929) and illustrated in H. Ottomeyer & P. Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, Münich, 1989, II, p. 387, fig. 5.16.12. Compare also a candelabrum modelled with three dancing bacchantes, of the same size, which sold The Property of a Distinguished European Collection; Christie’s, London, 16 April 2014, lot 82 (£104,500)

More from Opulence: Silver, Gold Boxes, 19th Century Furniture & Works of Art

View All
View All