Offered by Gallery de Potter d'Indoye
Each respectively modelled with a male and female Classical figure leaning against a shaped torchère above a "verde antico" veneered marble pedestal with figural mounts supported by a rectangular base with anthemions.
The model of the present candelabra was conceived by François-Thimotée Matelin and formed part of a clock garniture. The garniture represents Disagreement (La Brouille) and Reconciliation (Le Raccommodement), in which the candelabra represents the former and the clock the latter. The garnish was first marketed by the dealer Philippe-François Devillaine and its versions were then recreated by Galle and Reiche. Napoleon himself was known to have ordered this model of candelabra, with the clock garniture, for his bedroom at the château de Saint-Cloud during the Consulat period (J.-D. Augarde, "Une nouvelle vision du bronze et des bronziers sous le Directoire et l'Empire," Objet d'Art, No. 398, January 2005, p. 85).
A virtually identical pair is in the Schloss Bad Homburg, Germany (Partridge, Summer 1986, no. 56), whilst a nearly identical pair, only with gilt figures and a rosette-cast border to the lower plinth, was sold anonymously at Sotheby's, New York, 23 October 2013, lot 222.
There is an identical pair in the official residence of the United States Ambassador to London, Winfield House, which was donated to the United States by Barbara Hutton.