Highlight of the Month * Magnificent Bronze Doré Candelabra
This stunning Candelabra captivates with the extraordinary, extremely detailed execution. Raised from a base with vividly cast rocailles, balustrades, shell shapes, grasses, stones, leaves ans blossoms, including a lion, bear and boar looking at us, flower garlands climbing up the shaft merging into a tree trunk, with two children, a girl and a boy, holding on to the protrusions. The two children are extremely finely sculpted. The face and hair are finely chiseled, the girld is holding flowers and fruit in her hands.
The foliate decorated surmount of the children terminates in three, finely grass embellished candle arms. Nozzles and drip pans are magnificently decorated with shells, ornaments and foliage.
To be highlighted is the snake, winding around the branch countless times. Head and scales are particularly finely executed.
It shows extraordinary skills and craftsmanship to be able to wind the snake around the candle arms so many times.
A large, fully sculpted eagle sits on the top of the highest arm in the center as finial.
An absolute masterwork from the second half of the 19th century, which certainly leads back to the drafts of Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier.
He also had the important task of organizing the court festivals at the French court, including the celebration of the birth of the French heir to the throne in Versailles in 1729. Among many others, he received commissions for the furnishing of the castles of Fontainebleau and Choisy…
A small pair of candelabra depicting the two children in the same way is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of NY.