A Remarkable And Highly Important  Pair of Empire Gilt-Bronze And Cut-Crystal Six-Light Candelabra
A Remarkable And Highly Important  Pair of Empire Gilt-Bronze And Cut-Crystal Six-Light Candelabra

Attributed to ESCALIER DE CRISTAL (founded 1802)

A Remarkable And Highly Important Pair of Empire Gilt-Bronze And Cut-Crystal Six-Light Candelabra

c. 1819 France

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This exceptional pair of candelabra can almost certainly be attributed to the workshops of l'Escalier de Cristal de Paris. They relate in particular to a dressing table and chair, now in the collection of the Louvre, which formed part of a toilette suite that was exhibited by L'Escalier de Cristal at the 1819 Paris exhibition of the Produits de l'industrie. The present candelabra may very likely have been made as part of this suite.

The toilette suite was purchased following the exhibition by one of Escalier de Cristal's most famous patrons, the Duchess de Berry, Louis XVIII's niece, and was subsequently installed in her country residence, the Château de Rosny-sur-Seine.

These candelabra display identical decorative motifs to those employed in the Louvre dressing table and chair. The crystal cornucopias, formed with a seemingly impossible complexity of curvature, are identical to the legs of the dressing table, while the gilt bronze dolphins and plinths constructed from crystal plaques are repeated on both the dressing table and the accompanying chair. The candelabra and the toilette suite are also of identical construction, with cut crystal plaques and sleeves assembled on an iron structure. The brilliance of the design is that the iron armature is almost completely dissimulated by the cut crystal elements, maintained by gilded and engraved bronze rings and collars of the highest quality.

The model for the toilette suite has been attributed to Nicholas-Henri Jacob, one of Jacques-Louis David's former students. L'Escalier de Cristal are known to have produced a number of items based on models by Jacob, including a well documented series of cut crystal and gilt bronze decorative objects, which were supplied to Queen Marie Louise of Parma in Spain.
Exposition des Produits de L'Industrie, Paris-France, 1819.
Dimensions
Height 97.00 cm (38.19 inches)
Width 31.00 cm (12.20 inches)
Depth 31.00 cm (12.20 inches)
Stock Code
B60822
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