The bronze artist, François Rémond (1747-1812)
The Falconet figures produced in bronze were often used as group figures, essentially to decorate candelabra. The name of the foundry for these figures remains unknown, however the origin of the gilt-bronze mounts is attributable to François Rémond. This attribution, advocated by C. Baulez and P. Hughes (op. cit. 2007), is based on the similarity with other pieces realized by Rémond and in particular the pair bought by Count Stroganoff directly from the marchand-mercier dealer, Dominique Daguerre in 1785 (sold Christie's New York, 21 June 2012, lot 1200, with another similar example in the Wallace Collection, London, inv. F140-141). Since its creation in the 18th century, this model has continued to be very popular. Whilst the designs for candelabra boasted several variations to the candlearms, the bases primarily kept the same shape, with only the choice of marble differing from one model to another. During the 18th century the use of speckled red or blue Turquin was often employed. An almost identical pair of candelabra with blue Turquin marble base was sold in Paris, Drouot Montaigne, Ader, Picard, Tajan, on 22 November 1987, lot 214 and then sold Sotheby's London, 13 June 1997, lot 61. Another, similar Louis XVI pair of candelabra, was sold Sotheby's New York, 21 May 2004, lot 102.
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