These foliate candelabra are modelled after several 18th century originals. For an example of a pair with Sèvres 'bleu nouveau' porcelain, see P.Kjellberg, Objets Montés, Paris, 2000, p. 168. A similar porcelain example, without the fruiting garland, is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Jones Collection 982A-1882 (see H. Ottomeyer, P. Pröschel et al., Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, p. 259). A further example, with a white marble body, is at the Münchner Residenz. Clearly a popular design, the snake-handled vase was copied throughout the 19th century (see lot 181 for a pair by Henry Dasson).