A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE TWO-LIGHT CANDELABRA
A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE TWO-LIGHT CANDELABRA
A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE TWO-LIGHT CANDELABRA
A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE TWO-LIGHT CANDELABRA
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A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE TWO-LIGHT CANDELABRA

LATE 19TH CENTURY

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A PAIR OF FRENCH ORMOLU AND PATINATED BRONZE TWO-LIGHT CANDELABRA
LATE 19TH CENTURY
Based on a Japanese model, each as a crane holding a budding twig and standing on the back of a mythical tortoise, with ormolu leafy branches and bud-form sconces
19 ¾ in. (50.2 cm.) high, 14 ¾ in. (37.5 cm.) wide (each)
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The mythical tortoises seen here supporting the cranes are known as minogame in Japanese culture. Said to be so old they have trains of seaweed growing on their backs, the minogame are symbols of longevity and happiness and are popular motifs in Japanese art, especially favored by netsuke carvers.

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