The figures of these candelabra derive from celebrated models executed in the 1770s by Claude Michel Clodion (1738-1814), among which Le satyre enfant courant avec hibou (or young satyr carrying an owl in his right hand), dated 1773. Such models were extremely fashionable in the 19th Century, particularly with English francophile collectors in the 1820s and 1830s.
Related pairs are now in the Musée du Louvre, Paris (A. Poulet, G. Scherf, Clodion, Musée du Louvre, exhibition catalogue, Paris, 1992, pp. 145-147), in the Residenz, Munich (H. Ottomeyer, P. Pröschel et. al., Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, Band I, p. 210, fig. XXVIII) and in the Wallace Collection, London (P. Hughes, The Wallace Collection Catalogue of Furniture, vol. III, 1996, p. 1226, figs. 241 (F158 and F159).
Closely related pairs of candelabra - albeit with two lights - were sold, Christie's, London, 10 June 2004, lots 133 and 134, and comparable pairs were sold, Christie's, New York, 2 November 2000, lot 1 ($58,750).