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A pair of gilt-bronze mounted malachite candelabra, Restauration, circa 1818-1819, by Lucien-François Feuchère
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A pair of gilt-bronze mounted malachite candelabra, Restauration, circa 1818-1819, by Lucien-François Feuchère
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A pair of gilt-bronze mounted malachite candelabra, Restauration, circa 1818-1819, by Lucien-François Feuchère
the central column surmounted by a bust of Apollo, issuing four candlearms, on a stepped base with two seated putti and a mask of Zephyr, on foliate lion paw feet
Quantity: 2
Haut. 73 cm., larg. 33 cm., prof. 20 cm. ; Height 28¾in., width 13in., depth ¾in.
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Exhibited

Exposition des produits de l'industrie in 1819, palais du Louvre, Paris

Literature

Literature:
L. Costaz, Rapport du jury central sur les produits de l'industrie française, Paris, 1819, p. 215.
L. Héricart de Thury, Rapport du jury d'admission sur l'Exposition des produits des manufactures du département de la Seine à l'exposition du Louvre (...), Paris, 1819, p. 83.
L.-S. Le Normand et J.-G.-V. de Moléon, Description des Expositions des produits de l'industrie française, faites à Paris depuis leur origine jusqu'à celle de 1819 inclusivement, t. II, Paris, 1824, p. 228 and pl. 27, fig. 4.
H. Ottomeyer et P. Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen Die Bronzearbeiten des Spätbarock und Klassizismus, Munich, 1986, t. 2, p. 669, fig. 4.

Related literature:
Exh. cat. Un âge d'or des arts décoratifs 1814-1848, Paris, 1991.

Catalogue Note

The Restoration sought to reinstate the Expositions promoting the industrial production.  Established in 1798 in order to promote the French industry and its innovations, the aim was to stage it regularly. The first was held in 1819 at the Louvre. With regarding to the decorative arts, the Exposition highlighted for the first time the use of malachite, a semi-precious stone from Russia and for which its mining monopoly was long held by the Demidoff family. In the third section, dedicated to "Chiseled Bronzes and Gilding", the renowned bronzier Thomire exhibited and amongst other items, a monumental malachite vase received a gold medal (the vase now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, inv. 44.152).

Furthermore, the bronzier Lucien-François Feuchère, established at Rue Notre-Dame-de-Nazareth, presented for the first time and displayed "four very rich and tasteful fireplace garnitures, candelabra, chandeliers, bracket ornaments, (...) "(C. Costaz, 215). The jury awarded him a silver medal alongside Desnière and Matelin, Galle, Lenoir-Ravrio and Ledure. Sources must be cross-referenced to obtain more information about the products exhibited. The jury was full of praise with L. Héricart de Thury in 1819 in his Rapport du jury, but especially Le Normand and Moléon, in their "Description" of the Exposition of 1819, published five years later. Amongst many artifacts, including two speckled marble and malachite fireplace casings, one gilt bronze Medici vase, a small lapis lazuli temple, a candelabrum said to have a "tall stem above a plinth with seated children"(Le Normand and Moléon, 228). The bronzier was also the subject of a plate (27) where the mentioned candelabrum was illustrated under figure 4. This candelabrum matches our pair.

Lucien-François Feuchère took over the workshop from his father, Pierre-François at the end of the 18th century. A very important bronze artist, he delivered a great deal of furnishings under the First Empire and his company employed up to 150 workers. He won a silver medal at the Exposition in 1819, but also several prestigious commissions, including the Louvre balcony railings which he exhibited a part of during the Exposition of Industrial Products. "Patented Supplier to the Garde-Meuble" (furniture repository), he ceded the company to his son and collaborator, Armand in 1824.

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