Series of four wall lights for children, Thomire in Paris, Empire period
Rare series of four monumental sconces in finely chiseled bronze with black and golden patina.
Model known as “to children” representing chubby puttis whose torsos end in acanthus leaves extended by palmettes.
Above their heads, their two outstretched arms raise a jewel from which escape a central brandon and four bouquets of lights with acanthus scrolls.
The underside of the finely chiselled cups of laurel wreaths.
Mercury gilding with double amatina and shiny original patina.
Very good condition, drilled for electrification.
Empire period work attributable to Pierre Philippe Thomire * in Paris around 1810.
Height: 66 cm; Width: 27 cm; Depth: 18 cm
Marie-France Dupuy-Baylet, L'Heure le Feu la Lumière, Les Bronzes du Mobilier national, 1800-1870, Dijon, 2010, pp. 72 and 73.
Anne Dion-Tenenbaum, Les Bronzes d'ameublement du Louvre, Dijon, 2004, p. 272, no. 135.
Jean Pierre Samoyault, Pendulums and furniture bronzes entered during the First Empire, National Castle Museum of Fontainebleau
Hans Ottomeyer & Proschel, Vergoldete bronzen, volume II page 356
Similar models in museums:
National Castle Museum of Fontainebleau
Chateau of Versailles Museum (Trianon)
Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1757-1853):
He is the most important Parisian bronzier of the last quarter of the 18th century and the first decades of the following century.
When he started out, he worked for Pierre Gouthière, the king's chaser and founder, then collaborated with Louis Prieur in the mid-1770s.
He then became one of the regular bronzers of the royal manufacture of Sèvres, working on the bronze decoration of most of the great creations of the time. After the Revolution, he bought the business of Martin-Eloi Lignereux and became the largest supplier of furniture bronzes for the imperial palaces.
At the same time, he worked for a wealthy French and foreign private clientele, including many European royal families.
Finally, he retired from business in 1823.
Our opinion :
This model of light arms depicting a winged child finished in an acanthus beam and raising the bouquet of lights by his outstretched arms was a great success and was the subject of numerous orders by the imperial furniture guard.
Many bronzers like André Ravrio, Claude Galle or Pierre Philippe Thomire will deliver this type of arm between 1808 and 1813 with variations in bouquets.
The first delivery is made by Thomire-Duterme et Cie, a pair for the Emperor's bedroom at the Palace of Fontainebleau and three pairs for the Empress's large living room on the ground floor.
Memoir of November 18, 1809 “bedroom… a pair of arms representing a child finished with ornate leaves which holds in his hands above the head, a jewel from which five branches emerge with leaves and ornamental foliage, everything that makes up the so-called chiseled bronze arms, and the children ”.
The description is identical for the three pairs delivered for the show. (national archives code O2 515)
The four wall lights that we present are similar to the four pairs delivered by Thomire and exhibited at Fontainebleau.
The drawing of this model is kept at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris (Maciet Album 93, drawing CD 3767) and published on page 356 of the book by Hans Ottomeyer & Proschel "Vergoldete Bronzen".
With these five string lights, our series is therefore one of the very first models, attributable to Thomire.
The following year in 1809, the furniture repository ordered Claude Galle a pair for the Empress's little salon in Trianon, and four smaller pairs from André Antoine Ravrio, these models offer a variant with now six sconces which no longer have foliage but coils in "hunting horns".
In 1810 Thomire also delivered two pairs close to those of Galle and Ravrio for the bedroom of the princes still at the Palace of Fontainebleau.
Because of the imperial couple's choice to place this model in the most important and intimate rooms of their palaces, the success will be so important that many other imperial orders will intervene until 1813.
In addition to these official orders, there are top-notch private orders from the imperial elite.