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A pair of Empire candelabras attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire
A pair of Empire candelabras attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire - Lighting Style Empire A pair of Empire candelabras attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire - A pair of Empire candelabras attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire - Empire
Ref : 100488
28 000 €
Period :
19th century
Provenance :
France, Paris circa 1805
Medium :
Patintated, gilt chiselled bronze
Dimensions :
l. 12.99 inch X H. 35.43 inch X P. 13.39 inch
Lighting  - A pair of Empire candelabras attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire 19th century - A pair of Empire candelabras attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire
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A pair of Empire candelabras attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire

An identical pair was sold at Sotheby's in London on June 4, 2014 this pair was purchased by Joseph Friedman for the Ritz in Paris and are marked inside L J like ours, this pair bears the STC inventory mark for the castle de Saint-Cloud and were therefore more than likely delivered for the Château de Saint-Cloud, of which Napoleon made Saint-Cloud his main residence after the Tuileries Palace in Paris,

The design of these majestic candelabras, with winged figures of Victory holding aloft the candlesticks, probably derives from the famous design in an album of drawings by Percier and Fontaine at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (illustrated in M.L. Myers , French Architectural and Ornament Drawings of the Eighteenth Century, New York, 1992, cat. 98, pp. 157-8). One particular leaf features a tightly bound winged Victory candelabra, and an inscription indicates that this piece and others on the leaf were intended for Empress Josephine's boudoir at Saint-Cloud, thus establishing a strong link between Percier and Fontaine and the design of these Saint Cloud candelabra.

Another identical pair was delivered by Louis-Isidore Choiselat to the Garde-Meuble Français where they were sent to the Tuileries Palace, see Marie-France Dupuy-Baylet, L'heure le feu la lumière, les bronzes du Meubles national 1800-1870, Faton editions, p. 264

Each element of the decoration of these candelabra evokes the theme of victory, A Trophy of arms consists of a shield adorned in its center with a lion's head, a helmet surmounted by a plume, an axe, spears, an arrow and a trunk, occupies the main face of the pedestal and symbolizes the conquest. On the sides, musical instruments inspired by the antique and placed in the center of wreaths of leaves and ivy fruits, symbol of immortality, affirm this lasting and fruitful victory. A figure of Victory, crowned with laurel leaves, mounted on a globe to mark that the earth is subject to her, rests on the pedestal. With her arms raised, she holds a laurel wreath from which five branches with ornamental leaves and a sixth, in the center, forming a brandon. Scrolls fill the space with the bouquet of lights.

Empire Period.

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Candleholder & Candelabra Empire