Pair of Napoleon III Bronze Candelabra by Victor Paillard c. 1880
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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
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.
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.