Alexandre Falguière (1831-1900) was one of the most successful and prolific sculptors in late 19th century France. Awarded the Prix de Rome (1859) and the Légion d'honneur (1889), he was also a professor of the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and elected to the Académie des Beaux-Arts. His sculptures adorned the Paris Opéra, the Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile and the Comédie Française, among others. His statue of Lafayette, commissioned by the U.S. Congress in 1885, stands across the street from the White House.
Falguière produced a magnificent series of female figures, including Diana (1887), Hunting Nymph (1888), and Woman with a Peacock, which are reproduced in miniature on the present candelabra. He had a long relationship with the foundry of Thiebaut Frères, Fumière & Gavignot, who frequently cast his sculptures in bronze.