Igor Sychev, Russian Chandeliers 1760-1830, Moscow, 2003, page 134, plate 635, for a very similar candleholder in the Pushkin Museum, Moscow.
Prince Michael of Greece, Imperial Palaces of Russia, London,1992, page 95.
Shallow candlesticks set on a broad base for stability (or bougeoirs, as they were called in France) and equipped with a convenient side handle, could easily be carried from place to place and were invaluable household accessories. During the first quarter of the 19th century, it became fashionable In Russia to decorate these small indispensable accoutrements of the writing desk such as paperweights and candlesticks with malachite. In Empress Maria Feodorovna's study at Pavlovsk, several such items can be seen on her writing desk, illustrated by Prince Michael of Greece, op. cit., p. 95.
For further information on the Provenance of these candlesticks and malachite see footnote to the previous lot.
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