An Exceptional Quality Pair of Napoleon III Gilt-Bronze and Enamel Four-Light Candelabra
An Exceptional Quality Pair of Napoleon III Gilt-Bronze and Enamel Four-Light Candelabra

BEURDELEY MAISON (worked from 1818-1895)

An Exceptional Quality Pair of Napoleon III Gilt-Bronze and Enamel Four-Light Candelabra

c. 1870 France

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An Exceptional Quality Pair of Napoleon III Gilt-Bronze and Enamel Four-Light Candelabra, After the Model by Pierre Gouthière, by Alfred-Emmanuel-Louis Beurdeley. The candelabra are raised on companion faux painted marble and parcel-gilt pedestals.

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.
Verlet, Pierre (1987), 'Les Bronzes Dorés Français du XVIIIe Siècle', Picard, Paris; p. 99, plate 11.

Hans Ottomeyer & Peter Proschel (1986), 'Vergoldete Bronzen, die Bronzearbeiten des Spatbarock und Klassizismus', Klinkhardt & Biermann, Munich; p. 261, f. 4.8.4.

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

Mestdagh, Camille & Lécoules, Peter (2010), 'L'Ameublement d'Art Français, 1850-1900', Editions de L'Amateur, Paris; pp.262-276.
Dimensions
Height 91.00 cm (35.83 inches)
Width 42.00 cm (16.54 inches)
Depth 36.00 cm (14.17 inches)
Stock Code
B65261
Medium
Gilt-bronze, Enamel
Signed/Inscribed
Stamped underneath the bronze base 'BY' for Beurdeley.
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