EXCEPTIONAL PAIR OF VICTOR PAILLARD NAPOLEON III BRONZE SIX-LIGHT CANDELABRA
Circa Third Quarter of 19th Century, Stamped “V.P.” under crown verso
Item # 601CDU26S
An important and prolific artist, Victor Paillard learned the art of the chiseleur working for the bronzier Deniére as a youth. He opened his studio casting works in bronze in the 1830’s, first appearing at the Exposition des Products de l’Industrie in 1839. He was a member of the jury at the Exposition Universelle in 1855 and was made a Chevalier of the Legion d’Honeur. During this period he was known to employ nearly one hundred craftsmen. In 1874 he became mayor of Paris’s third district.
His work is generally noted with the stamped V.P. beneath a crown, as evident on the back of both putto in the present example. A most impressive and finely crafted pair of candelabra, the chiseling is absolutely top notch, both putto being dominated by a level of crisp and precise detail that is most inspiring. Every detail is perfectly defined, from the individual hairs on the heads of the youth to the wrinkles in their toes. The original patina is gorgeous, deep and glowing, preserved under wax and in exceptional condition. The five light candelabra retain a matte gilding of a wonderful even consistency - the influence of the motifs prevalent in the Napoleon III period are evident in the gothic taste of the branches. Curling acanthus with perfectly chased leaves furl along each of the arms, raising etched anthemion wells around a primary stem. This is embellished by three flame finials and the candle well is capped by an original gilded finial that is lifted out to allow a candle to rest within. The center stem has been electrified most carefully, a rod run through the center of the sculpture with a single tiny hole drilled at the base behind the putto. The entire structure rests over a stepped circular black marble base with a gilt bronze rim around the lowest edge.
Exceptional in every sense, this is a magnificent investment grade selection for any very serious collector and connoisseur of the finest in French sculpture and decorative arts.
- E. Benezit Dictionary of Artists, Gründ, Vol. X p. 787
- Bronze Sculpture of the Nineteenth Century, Dictionary of Artists, Pierre Kjellberg, p. 662
Measurements: 31 3/4” H (approx) x 11” D x 13” W
Topmost finial electrified, cords cut; brass plinth added beneath topmost candle well during wiring process. Three branches with some wiggle. Light tarnishing to gilding, most minor wear to original patina. Small chips around corners and edges of marble bases. Overall exceptional presentation ready condition. We have 114 images in the slideshow - please review these for a full overview of condition.