A pair of early Empire gilt and patinated bronze six-light candelabra after the model by Pierre-Philippe Thomire 19th century
- bronze, marble
- 75.5cm. high; 2ft. 5¾in
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J. Harris, Buckingham Palace and its Treasures, London, 1968
Y. Zek, Les bronzes décoratifs de Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1741-1843), Leningrad, 1984
This rediscovered pair of candelabra faithfully reproduces a design by Thomire found in an album acquired in Paris in 1801 by A. Potovtzov (fig. 1). One pair with slight variations is in the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg (cf. Zek, op. cit., p. 25, no. 20) while another pair, likely acquired by the Prince of Wales, later King George IV, in 1803, is in the Royal Collection (inv. no. RCIN 937) - this presents identical branches and seated griffons and is, together with the present lot, the closest to the original design. A third pair, with different branches, was offered Sotheby's Paris, B. B. S. Un Hommage, 30 June 2016, lot 159.
Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751-1843) trained in the workshop of Pierre Gouthière in the pre-Revolution years before becoming the most influential bronzier of the First French Empire, and managing to retain the most select clientele under the Restauration.