The shape of the nozzles, waisted socle and spreading drapery base seen on this elegant pair of candlesticks relate to three pairs of candlesticks of the same model supplied by Galle for the Palace of Fontainebleau between 1804 and 1805. Two pairs were supplied on '28 brumaire an XVIII' (19 November 1804), costing 380 fr. The third pair was supplied on '25 messidor an XVIII' (15 July 1805) costing 196 fr. (Jean-Pierre Samoyault, Pendules et Bronzes d'ameublement entrés sous le Premier Empire, Musée national du Fontainebleau, 1989, Paris, p. 193, fig. 179). In 1807, one pair was in the Second Salon of Emperor Napoleon and the other two pairs in the Salon of Empress Josephine.