Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751-1843) studied in the late 18th Century under the sculptors Pajou and Houdon and the bronzier Gouthière. By the early 19th Century he had become famous for his gilt-bronze furniture mounts, clocks, candelabra and other table decorations. Many special commissions were placed with him and clients visited his workshop to choose from various different elements to form decorative candelabra or indeed other bronzes d'ameublement.
A design by Gérard-Jean Galle of 1819 shows a closely related vase with reeded body, base and circular spreading foot wrapped in stylised acanthus (H. Ottomeyer, P. Pröschel et al., Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, vol. II, p. 711, ill. 30).
An almost identical pair of vase-shaped candelabra was sold at Christie's, New York, 22 October 2003, lot 737.