Offered by: Mayfair Gallery
39 South Audley Street London W1K 2PP , England Call Seller 44.207.491.3435


Pair of large silvered bronze candelabra by Christofle, 19th century

$ 56,250
  • Description
    Pair of large silvered bronze candelabra by Christofle, 19th century
    French, c. 1890
    Height 71cm, diameter 42cm
    This extraordinary decorative pair were made by the renowned Parisian firm Christofle, who are notable for introducing silver plating and electrolytic gilding to France during the 19th century. The silverware firm continues to make exceptional decorative and functional silverware products for an elite clientele today.
    The ornate design of the candelabra and the foliate elements which adorn them mark the lavish Rococo Revival style that was popular during the 19th century. Set upon openwork grapevine feet, the circular bases are applied with wheat sheaves and cartouches. The stems feature putti decoration: one with a putto clasping a wheat sheaf, the other with a putto warming himself by the fire beneath bowed branches. The putti are sculpted with remarkable character, the former with a cheerful expression whilst the latter frowns in the cold – as such they are a charmingly humorous contrasting pair.
    On each candelabra, the upper part of the stem is moulded in the form of a tree trunk, from which two tiers of foliate-capped branches protrude. The vine-wrapped arms are surmounted by bell-shaped capitals with geometric engraving, and both candelabra culminate in a flower-cluster finial.
    The candelabra are stamped on the base ‘CHRISTOFLE’, as well as with the inventory number ‘1385327’ and other workshop marks.
    Brimming with the opulence of the Rococo style, these incredible decorative works would make fine additions to any collection of antiques.
    Artist/Maker: Christofle
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Origin: France
    Period: 19th Century
    Materials: Silvered bronze.
    Creation Date: 1890
    Styles / Movements: Rococo, Traditional
    Dealer Reference #: 17297
    Incollect Reference #: 711853
  • Dimensions
    H. 27.95 in; Diam. 16.54 in;
    H. 71 cm; Diam. 42 cm;
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Mayfair Gallery is a leading gallery in the field of art and antiques, holding a large collection of unique pieces for sale. The breadth of the gallery’s collection is wide, and includes items from a range of periods, styles and geographical origins, as well as works by famous artists and craftsmen. The main focus of the gallery’s collection is, however, on items produced during the 19th and early 20th century.

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