Pair of gilt bronze candlesticks with caryatid decorations "à l'Egyptienne", bearing various marks, from the Empire period. The family tradition claimed that these torches came from "Napoleon's bedroom" at the Tuileries. The consultation of the inventory of 1807, mentions a pair of torches with caryatids of 22cm high and 10 cm in diameter in the bedroom of the small apartments of the Emperor. Moreover, it is normal that no inventory markings from the Tuileries are marked since systematic numbering at the Tuileries only began under the Restoration (the candlesticks in question are no longer mentioned in the 1816 inventory). The crowned T marked on the base is the 1855 ownership mark of the Grand Trianon, curiously no numbers follow this mark, but only the marks of biffage (marked as a cross), which were affixed at the time of the exit of the domain. It is therefore likely that these candlesticks remained in reserve, unnumbered, at Trianon until their exit, this case is uncommon, so any hypothesis remains open.
We know of an identical pair (with two patinas), arrived in 1837, at the Grand Trianon, coming from Napoleon's room in the Butard Pavilion.
Condition report: Good condition, wear to the gilding. Remains of illegible labels under the base
We thank Mr. Bernard Chevalier for his precious advice.
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