Exquisite Pair of French Louis XV Style Gilt Bronze Candelabra c. 1880
EXQUISITE PAIR OF FRENCH LOUIS XV STYLE GILT BRONZE SIX-LIGHT CANDELABRA
Item # 503LTB31A
An exceedingly fine pair of perfectly cast, chased and filed gilt bronze candelabra, this pair was crafted during the last quarter of the 19th Century. Each featuring six candle wells, they are embellished with a very tasteful and precise level of detail. Central to the form is a mask of a youthful figure, the naturalistic style of which is suggestive of the mythological Pan. The branches are finely tooled, each with draped acanthus lifting the wells under a scrolled terminal. The square base is mounted by a floral display, the sides of the central baluster adorned with draped acanthus. It rests over a base of scrolling leafage, this affixed to the legs of the candelabra with screws from beneath. Various elements have impressions of letters behind or underneath them, presumably to help the joiner at the foundry put all pieces together properly. There is a hole above Pan on one side of each candelabra, suggesting that they were possibly drilled for electricity at one point, though there does not appear to be any indication that they ended up actually being electrified. Preserved in simply outstanding original condition, this is a pair that truly elevate whatever setting they become a part of.
Measurements: 20 3/4" H x 10 3/4" W x 9 3/4" D
Oxidized gilt surfaces, dusty in crevices. Drilled for electricity at one point, all wiring since removed. Exceptional overall condition. Please review images in the slideshow for a full overview of condition.