An Exceptional Quality Pair of Napoléon III Gilt-Bronze and Enamel Four-Light Candelabra, After the Model by Pierre Gouthière
An Exceptional Quality Pair of Napoléon III Gilt-Bronze and Enamel Four-Light Candelabra, After the Model by Pierre Gouthière
An Exceptional Quality Pair of Napoléon III Gilt-Bronze and Enamel Four-Light Candelabra, After the Model by Pierre Gouthière
An Exceptional Quality Pair of Napoléon III Gilt-Bronze and Enamel Four-Light Candelabra, After the Model by Pierre Gouthière

BEURDELEY MAISON (worked 1818-1895)

An Exceptional Quality Pair of Napoléon III Gilt-Bronze and Enamel Four-Light Candelabra, After the Model by Pierre Gouthière

c. 1870 France

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An Exceptional Quality Pair of Napoléon III Gilt-Bronze and Enamel Four-Light Candelabra, After the Model by Pierre Gouthière, by Alfred-Emmanuel-Louis Beurdeley.

The candelabra are of richly cast and gilded bronze, with four candle arms terminating in leaf cast drip trays and sconces. They are adorned with finely cast and gilded garlands of flowers, foliage and wonderful panels of naturalistic drapery. They are supported by three uprights with hoof cast feet and acorn finials, flanking a blue enamelled vase, embellished with gilt bronze inset stars and centred by a gilt bronze band depicting putti at play. The vases rest on triangular bases decorated with female masks and trailing floral motifs on plinth bases with guilloche running pattern borders.

This fine pair of candelabra are based on the model by Pierre Gouthière now conserved in the Petit-Trianon at Versailles. According to Pierre Verlet, the model corresponds to a large pair of candelabra with ten branches, drapery, foliage and fruit, richly carved and gilded in bronze, originally supplied by the marchand mercier, Freres Darnault for the Salon du Jeu de Mesdames at the Château de Bellevue.

Pierre Gouthière (1732 - 1813) was the most celebrated bronze gilder in France during the eighteenth century, the title of ‘Gilder to the King’ being given to him by Louis XV. He perfected the most expensive type of gilding of this period, dorure au mat, which involved the use of lavish amounts of gold to create a rich, deep matte finish. As well as working for the King he created items for the Comte d'Artois, the Marquis de Marigny, and the Duc d'Aumont.

The collection of the Duc d'Aumont was sold at auction in Paris in 1782 and many objects mounted by Gouthière were bought by Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. His works, unsurpassed in creativity and execution, can now be found in the Wallace Collection and the Louvre.

The Beurdeley family were a flourishing dynasty of three generations of fine quality cabinetmakers, working from 1818 to 1895 to an exceptional standard and wide virtuosity. The firm was particularly well known for its exceptional metalwork, most commonly basing their designs on important Eighteenth Century examples. The mercurial gilding and hand chasing are often of a standard that makes them difficult to distinguish from late eighteenth Century work.

The founder of the dynasty Jean Beurdeley (1772-1853), was a Burgundian craftsman, conscripted into the Napoleonic army. After hostilities in 1815, he settled in Paris opening a shop for Curiosités working as a latter day marchand mercier. Initially on the rue Saint-Honoré, he purchased in 1840 the famous Hanover Pavilion situated on the corner of rue Louis-Legrand and boulevard des Italiens, which was run by his only surviving son, Louis-Auguste-Alfred (1808-1882). This successful business, which had numerous official commissions, including the marriage coffer for the Empress Eugénie in 1853, was continued by his son, Alfred-Emmanuel-Louis (1847-1919).

The business continued in its traditional style with very few variations, until 1895. Alfred, along with Dasson, Grohe, Sauveresy and Fourdinois, the most famous artists of the period, took part in the 1878 Paris Exposition Universelle, where he won the gold medal. Following on from this glory he went on to open a shop in New York

His participation in the 1883 Amsterdam Universal Exhibition drew even further attention to his work, and possibly as a result he was awarded the Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur, France's highest official mark of recognition.

The incredible quality of each generations work ranked the firm of Beurdeley as pre-eminent amongst Parisian makers of meubles de luxe.
Verlet, Pierre. Les Bronzes Dorés Français du XVIIIe siècle, Picard, (Paris), 1987; p. 99, plate 11.

Ottomeyer, Hans & Pröschel, Peter. Vergoldete Bronzen, Klinkhardt & Biermann (Munich), 1986; p. 261, f. 4.8.4.

Ledoux - Lebard, Denise. Les Ébénistes du XIXe siècle, Les Editions de L'Amateur, (Paris), 1984; pp. 75-82.

Mestdagh, Camille & Lécoules, Pierre. L'Ameublement d'Art Français, 1850-1900, Les Editions de L'Amateur, (Paris), 2010; pp.262-276.
Dimensions
Height 91.00 cm (35.83 inches)
Width 42.00 cm (16.54 inches)
Depth 38.00 cm (14.96 inches)
Stock Code
B65261
Medium
gilt-bronze and enamel
Signed/Inscribed
Stamped underneath the bronze base 'BY' for Beurdeley.
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