These magnificent Empire candelabra closely relate to a set of four that was supplied to the Emperor at Fontainebleau by Claude Galle in 1807. Further examples of that design are at the hôtel Charost, formerly the palais Pauline Borghese, and with the Duke of Westminster (H. Ottomeyer, P. Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, vol. I, p. 391, fig. 5.17.5). It is interesting to note that a very similar candelabrum that is even more closely related to the offered pair is attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire (op. cit, p. 304, plate XXXVI).