Antique gilt bronze and white onyx candelabrum by Barbedienne and Cahieux
Antique gilt bronze and white onyx candelabrum by Barbedienne and Cahieux
Antique gilt bronze and white onyx candelabrum by Barbedienne and Cahieux
Antique gilt bronze and white onyx candelabrum by Barbedienne and Cahieux
Antique gilt bronze and white onyx candelabrum by Barbedienne and Cahieux
Antique gilt bronze and white onyx candelabrum by Barbedienne and Cahieux
Antique gilt bronze and white onyx candelabrum by Barbedienne and Cahieux
Antique gilt bronze and white onyx candelabrum by Barbedienne and Cahieux
Antique gilt bronze and white onyx candelabrum by Barbedienne and Cahieux

BARBEDIENNE FOUNDRY (worked 1838-1952)
HENRY CAHIEUX (worked from c.1825)

Antique gilt bronze and white onyx candelabrum by Barbedienne and Cahieux

1850 to 1899 France

Offered by Mayfair Gallery Ltd.

£3,500 gbp
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Mounted on an onyx base, this Grecian style gilt bronze candelabrum is of vase form, which is topped by twelve lights. The piece is signed ‘F. Barbedienne, Fondeur' and 'Henry Cahieux’.

Head decorator at the Barbedienne bronze foundry, Cahieux was a highly skilled designer who principally worked in the Greek style. He was well-respected in his time, and submitted designs to the Paris Salons of 1850 and 1853.

All four facades of the onyx pedestal are decorated with gilt bronze, including floral mounts and beading, and the piece is set on four toupie feet. Above, the main body of the candelabrum takes the form of a loutrophoros vase, with its elongated neck and twin handles. Historically, these vases were used to carry water, particularly for a bride’s pre-nuptial bath and in the performance of funeral rites. Possibly relating to its historic function, the vase is ornamented with an imitation of a relief carving, showing a woman pouring water into a bowl, held by a man who holds a staff. Elsewhere, the vase is decorated with flowers, fluting and swirling forms. Two handles spring from two scrolls on the shoulders of the vase, and extend up in straight lines, before forming classical female masks, which then connect back to the upper neck.

The vase is surmounted by a fluted neck, itself topped by a crown of acanthus leaves, which sprouts the twelve lights of the candelabra. These arms have been cast as leafy branches, which curl up to hold the lights, each of which is decorated with fluting, an embossed band and a skirt of acanthus leaves.

Once turned on, this large candelabrum will cast off a warm light that will reflect off the gilt metal, creating a beautiful glimmering effect.
Dimensions
Height 107.00 cm (42.13 inches)
Width 45.00 cm (17.72 inches)
Depth 45.00 cm (17.72 inches)
Stock Code
8314
Medium
Gilt bronze (ormolu), onyx
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