Beautiful and rare pair of gilt bronze candlesticks.
The bases delicately chiseled with garlands of oak leaves and a stylized sun.
The half-sided barrels support bobeches whose shape evokes the profile of the bust of the Emperor Napoleon 1st.
The latter is wearing a laurel wreath.
Original gilding with wear on the face of one of the two torches.
Parisian work from the Restoration period around 1815-1820.
Height: 27 cm; Diameter: 13cm
Provenance: Collection of Constance de Théis (1767-1845), Princess of Salm
Our opinion :
Etymologically, the term "seditious" designates both something secret and rebellious, ambiguous.
Two categories were particularly conducive to seditious creation, graphic works and small objects, often taking up the profile of characters admired and then decried by a change of regime.
Queen Marie Antoinette, King Louis XVI, her brother Louis XVIII received the honors of many artists, but it was Napoleon I who left the most sadness among his followers.
Canes, boxes, engravings and a few rare small objects bearing his effigy were produced clandestinely from 1815, for a melancholy clientele after his forced exile.
Both the manufacture and possession of these items were very risky if arrested: the offense of conspiring against the government could be invoked.
That’s why they were quite rare even then.
The pair of torches that we are presenting is the result of an order which required the collaboration of several artists, designer, bronzier, gilder ... which is exceptional.
The shadow cast by our torches will allow a fervent admirer to bring the emperor to life.