PAIR OF GRECO-ROMAN BRONZE FIGURAL CANDELABRA BY CHARLES HIPPOLYTE FERRAT
Signed on both bases "Hte. Ferrat”, France c. 1870
Item # 609AXT25Q
Greek female figurals, each with complex and chaotic folds and twists of their togas falling with perfect realism against their bodies, raise stylized water jars on their shoulders from which project a substantial six-light array of candelabra. Each candle well is beautifully treated with relief of vines and scattered berries with a gilded chain and teardrop finial hanging from each arm. The figures stand over faceted slate bases with inset bronze plaques displaying classical scenes. A perfect glowing patina with gorgeous smooth high burnish surfaces finish the figures most attractively, each being signed by their feet along the circular base “Hte. Ferrat”. The angularity and distinctly Neoclassical form allow the pair to perfectly meld with more austere interiors and modern settings as smoothly as the classical. Untouched and never electrified, this is a most fine acquisition for anyone passionate about excellent sculpture.
Born in the Aix-en-Provence of France on April 26, 1830, Charles Hippolyte Marcellin Ferrat studied under Francisque Duret in Paris. He presented his only work at Salon, a sculpture of Cyparissus, and his work “Fall of Icarus” (1849) is held in the permanent collection in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He spent the majority of his career focusing on decorative arts and commissions, his Statue of Tronchet (1858) in Lisieux France a distinctly classical public work.
Measurements: 24 1/2” H w/ approx. 10 1/2” diameter around candle arms
Numerous light chips to the slate bases. Some light handling wear to original patina. Overall excellent condition.