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A pair of bronze and gilt-bronze retour d'égypte candelabra, attributed to Claude Galle
Empire, early 19th century
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A pair of bronze and gilt-bronze retour d'égypte candelabra, attributed to Claude Galle
Empire, early 19th century
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Details & Cataloguing

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A pair of bronze and gilt-bronze retour d'égypte candelabra, attributed to Claude Galle
Empire, early 19th century
each in the form of a kneeling Egyptian figure supporting on his head two scrolled candlearms in the form of hunting horns cast with stylised anthemions and vitruvian scrolls, on a pylon shaped base cast with Egyptian motifs; probably formerly on a marble plinth
each 42cm. high; 1ft. 4½in.
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Provenance

Sold as lot 75, Christie's, London, 12th June 1997 (£13, 225)

Catalogue Note

Claude Galle, rue de Four Saint-Germain, elected Maître in 1786.

This pair of candelabra in the Egyptian taste was inspired by the Napoleonic campaigns in Egypt and also the publication in 1802 of Baron Vivant-Denon's, Voyage dans la Basse et la Haute Egypte.

A related pair of candelabra which formed part of a garniture attributed to Galle, is illustrated by H. Ottomeyer/P. Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich, 1986, p. 338, fig. 5.3.6. Another related pair is illustrated in the `Egyptomania' Exhibition Catalogue, Paris, 1994, p. 290, fig. 4.

A similar pair of candelabra also lacking a a marble base, was sold from the Collection d'un amateur, as lot 164, Christie's, Paris, 1st June 2005 (38,400 euros). Another pair virtually identical to the offered lot was sold from the Angus McBean collection, Christie's, London, lot 873, 13th September 2005.   

A Private European Residence: French and Neoclassical Furniture and Paintings & Works on Paper

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London