This pair of candelabra decorated Angus McBean's Empire room, 12 Devonshire Terrace, Brighton between 1948-50 and later his studio at 53 Endell Street, Covent Garden.
This celebrated 'Egyptian' model enjoyed enduring popularity during the Empire period, as a result of Naopleon's campaigns in Egypt and the subsequent publication of Baron Vivant-Denon's Voyage dans la Basse et la Haute Egypte, 1802. A pair of related Egyptian candelabra, forming part of a garniture and attributed to Claude Galle, bronzier au Garde-Meuble, is illustrated in H. Ottomeyer, P. Proschel et al., Vergoldete Bronzen, p.338, fig. 5.3.6. A further nearly identical pair is illustrated in 'Egyptomania' Exhibition Catalogue, Paris 1994, p.290, fig 4 and in P. M. Favelac, Aujourd'hui s'installer en Directoire, Empire, Paris p.46.
A closely related pair, with porphyry bases, sold Christie's London, 12 June 1997, lot 75, while another pair lacking their bases, sold Christie's London, 20 May 1993, lot 30.