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  • Fine Napoleon III Five-Light Candelabra by Victor Paillard c. 1870
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Pair of French Candelabra circa 1870 | Victor Paillard

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Stamped by foundry of Victor Paillard w/ crown over V.P., Paris c. 1870
Item # 609TPX25

This most refined pair of candelabra cast during the second Empire by the firm of Victor Paillard, they are cast in a distinctly Neo-Grec taste with a touch of the gothic in their overall form. A gilt bronze trefoil base raises conforming crouched animal legs terminating in exquisitely cast clawed paws skirted centrally with a draped anthemion, lion face masks set in each outward prone knee. These join to raise a rather complex fluted and tapered baluster with a silver-plated display of blossoming pedals from which sprout the five candle arms.  Each candle well is a stunning work of crisp detail, the outside with raised relief depicting foliage, the drip-catch in each well easily removed to fit larger candles; the underside of this rim is beautifully decorated with etched waterleaves.  The base retains the well known mark of the Paillard foundry, a crown raised over an impressed V.P., but the pair are also extensively marked on the inside - the base is marked beneath the central baluster “Vor. Paillard, A Paris, Bronzes”, other sections marked with “V” and “V.P.”

A pair that remain raw and powerful, the legs crouched and aggressive while remaining exquisitely finished and detailed, these are such an interesting decorative element for an interior.  The translucent and perfectly smooth patina of the dark surfaces are most stunning, every aspect of the candelabra speaking to quality and careful thought in production.

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.

Measurements:  25 1/2” H x approx. 11 1/2” diameter around candle wells

Condition Report:
One removable candle drip-catch recast as a replacement. Light gilt discoloration and oxidization. Overall outstanding condition.