A large and imposing pair of Empire gilt and patinated bronze nine-light candelabra attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire, each with a central flared and foliate wrapped candle branch with a vase-shaped nozzle and circular drip-pan surrounded by eight further scrolled and conformingly shaped candle branches issuing from an acanthus ring heading the patinated fluted columnar stem terminated by gilt bronze acanthus leaves on a flared four sided plinth mounted at each corner by winged lions on a concave-sided base with canted corners
Paris, date 1810-15
Height 110 cm. each.
Literature: Olivier Lefeuel, �Percier et Fontaine� in �Connaissance des Arts�, Paris, 15th June 1954, no. 28, p. 35, illustrating a page from a set of designs by Charles Percier and Pierre Fran�ois L�onard Fontaine for the Russian Tsar of work in the Louvre and Tuileries, showing a woman�s bedroom with a torch�re, which as here has a similar fluted columnar stem with seemingly similar mounts and supported on a very similar base decorated with very similar mounts. Hans Ottomeyer and Peter Pr�schel, �Vergoldete Bronzen�, 1986, p. 393, pl. 5.17.11, illustrating a very similar candelabrum but with a differing and far simpler base by Pierre-Philippe Thomire and signed Thomire Paris of circa 1815. Pierre Arizzoli-Cl�mentel, �The Percier and Biennais Albums in the Mus�e des Arts D�coratifs, Paris�, in the �Burlington Magazine�, March 1998, p. 197, pl. 55, illustrating a design for a related candelabrum by Charles Percier for the Empress Jos�phine in the Mus�e des Arts D�coratifs, Paris.
Not only is this magnificent pair of candelabra of great quality and unusually large size but they can be attributed to the preeminent fondeur-ciseleur Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751-1843), whose production included a number of similar candelabra which he often supplied to the Imperial palaces. Variants of the model can be found in the H�tel Beauharnais, Paris and in Archangelskoje Palace, Leningrad.
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Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751 — 1843) a French sculptor, was the most prominent bronzier, or producer of ornamental patinated and gilt-bronze objects and furniture mounts of the First French Empire. His fashionable neoclassical and Empire style furnishing bronzes (bronzes d'ameublement) established the highest standard in refined finish in the craft that the French called that of the fondeur-ciseleur, "founder-finisher". In his pre-Revolutionary training, Thomire appeared first as a ciseleur, in the division of duties that went into the production, for example, of a set of gilt-bronze Read article...
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