Claude Galle, of the rue du Faubourg Saint-Germain, was elected maître in 1786.
This celebrated 'Egyptian' model enjoyed enduring popularity during the Empire period, as a result of Napoleon'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, 1986, 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, n.d. p. 46.
A closely related pair, with porphyry bases, was sold anonymously Christie's London, 12 June 1997, lot 75 (£11,500 inc. premium), while another pair, lacking their bases, was sold anonymously at Christie's London, 20 May 1993, lot 30.