Pair of Italian neoclassical gilt bronze and alabaster three lights candelabrum.
Attributed to Giuseppe Valadier. Rome late 18th century.
Sizes: cm H 51 x W 25,5 x D 18, base 8 x 8 cm
The elegant pair of neoclassical candelabrum was made in Italy in the late 18th Century. The two refined candlesticks are composed of a classical shape and slender vase made of alabaster that rests on a base in flowery alabaster and black Belgian. Two engraved and gilded bronze wreaths descend from the top of the vase. The vase is surmounted by a gilt bronze structure finely chiselled with a tulip pattern culminating with a cone-shaped element. From this depart three branch in gilt bronze, curved and squared, with candleholder final.
Stylistically they are attributable to the famous italian architect Giuseppe Valadier (Rome, 14 April 1762– Rome, 1 February 1839). A design made by Valadier in 1785 for a candlestick very similar in style and composition is conserved in the Victoria & Albert Museum. This drawing was sent by the architect Charles Heathcote Tatham to the english architect Henry Holland who advised the Prince of Wales on many of his purchases (see, A. González-Palacios, “Valadier Father and Son - Some Further Notes and Discoveries”, Furniture History Society, The Journal of the Furniture History Society, 2007, pp. 69-84).
Giuseppe Valadier, italian architect, goldsmith and silversmith, among the most important of the neoclassical period, took over the shop of his father Luigi (1726-1785), the most illustrious Roman silversmith and founder of the bronze of the time. Giuseppe worked for important commissions including the Pope and several members of the roman and foreign aristocracy. After 1817 he worked almost exclusively as an architect and in 1827 the workshop was taken over by Pietro Paolo Spagna.
The couple is in a good state of conservation; however there are some small breaks and nicks in the marble part. In one of them, there is an old repair on the neck of the vase.
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