Pair of two arms transformation candelabra in solid silver with octagonal bobeches, baluster barrel and an octagonal base with grooves and moldings.
The base has a silver crest decorated with coats of arms: sand with a mermaid with two tails crowned on a natural sea. The shield is stamped with a face helmet surmounted by a flight resting on a marquess crown.
Six silver bobeches.
• On the candlesticks, E. ROGER in full ; E an intertwined hammer and compass, for Émile ROGER (1893).
• On the removable arms, E. ROGER in full ; E an intertwined hammer and compass, for Émile ROGER (1893).
• French mark "Minerve 1er titre" (950/1000).
Style from the first half of the 18th century, made in the late 19th / early 20th century.
Candelabras convertible into candlesticks are very rare, especially in solid silver. We can notably note a Portuguese model and a Joseph AUGUSTE model, both from the 18th century, at the Metropolitan of New York, as well as a Louis XV style model in the collections of Le Mobilier National.
We can find seven pairs of torches similar to ours, non-convertible, kept in the Metropolitan of New York and two at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
A very similar pair of convertible candelabras from the 18th century : Aguttes auction house, Thursday 22 March 2012, lot 264 : "Paire de flambeaux en argent de forme octogonale", Paris 1714 et 1722, est. 20 000 – 30 000 €.
The figure of the crowned mermaid with two tails
Many European legends refer to mermaids, living not only in the sea, but also in rivers and small streams. They can take different names but their description generally conforms to traditional imagery: half-woman and half-fish beings. They are generally represented with a fish tail in one piece or divided in half.
The siren can have several symbolic interpretations, always related to water. With two tails, it is the symbol of fertility because water is the source of life. His attitude, the two tails always raised, is to be related to gestation and birth. A belly is moreover often drawn, as on the coat of arms of the torches presented here.
It is also the symbol of the duality of human life, shared between organic life and spiritual life. Crowned, this divinity is a sign of prosperity and stability. Formerly we went to the sources to ask for healing.