With their triple female caryatid shaft swagged with floral garlands, laurel collar and domed, acanthus-cast plinth, these candlesticks are based on a design traditionally attributed to Jean-Demosthène Dugourc (1749-1825) in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. This design is included in an album of designs for furniture subsequently delivered to both Madame Elizabeth and the comte de Provence, and inscribed dessiné par J.D.Dugourc, architecte et dessinateur Du Cabinet de Monsieur Frère Du Roi Paris, 1790. The album depicts both executed and projected designs, several of them in the genres Arabesque et Etrusque fashionable in the early 1780s. This related model is first recorded on 26 June 1783, when the ciseleur-doreur François Rémond invoiced the marchand-mercier Dominique Daguerre Pour fonte, facon et dorure mate d'une paire de grands flambeaux a 4. figures et a gurilandes et fleur, etc 1050 livres (P. Hughes, The Wallace Collection Catalogue of Furniture, London, 1996, F174-5, pp. 1249-50). It is, therefore, a strong possibility that this model of candlestick was also originally supplied through Daguerre.
Hughes, op. cit., lists the various recorded 18th and 19th century candlesticks, the former including a pair in the Wallace Collection, London (F174-5); another in the Musie Carnavalet, Paris and another single one was sold anonymously in Paris, Ader Picard Tajan, 15 March 1983, lot 103. A pair of Louis XVI candlesticks of this identical model is in Schloss Pillnitz, Dresden (illustrated in H. Ottomeyer/P. Pröschel et al., Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, vol I, pp. 186-7, 4.15.2). A set of four 18th century candelabra of this model, thought to be those supplied by Daguerre to the comte de Vaudreuil and subsequently sold in Paris, 26 November 1787, lots 377-81, was sold from the Champalimaud Collection, Christie's London, 6-7 July 2005, lot 160.