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A pair of Louis XVI gilt-bronze candlesticks after a model by Jean-Démosthène Dugourc, mounted as candelabra circa 1820
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A pair of Louis XVI gilt-bronze candlesticks after a model by Jean-Démosthène Dugourc, mounted as candelabra circa 1820
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A pair of Louis XVI gilt-bronze candlesticks after a model by Jean-Démosthène Dugourc, mounted as candelabra circa 1820
with five lights, the barrels each adorned with three female figures forming caryatids and supporting a vase of flowers, posing on a circular pedestal adorned with acanthus leaves
Haut. 67 cm, larg. 33 cm ; height 26 1/3 in., width 13 in.
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The design for this celebrated model which was first recorded in 1783, has been attributed to the architect Jean-Démosthène Dugourc (1749-1825) in view of the design-reproduced here now in the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris (GF 21 no. 38. 378), as it is included in an album of furniture designs delivered to both Madame Elisabeth and the comte de Provence and inscribed `Dessin par J.D.Dugourc, architecte et dessinateur Du Cabinet du Monsieur Frère du Roi, Paris, 1790'. It is also annotated, ` Executé par Gouthière, Siseleur doreur du Roy faubourg St. Martin' - the latter inscription has been challenged by academics as not being authentic.

Dominique Daguerre was invoiced for this model on 26th June 1783 by Francois-Remond the fondeur-ciseleur, `Pour fonte, facon Et Dorure mate d'une pre de grands flambeaux à 4. figures. Et à guirlandes et fleur. Etc 1050 livres'. He mentions the model again in 1786 -`Pour fourniture d'une paire de grand flambeaux à quatre Cariathide dor mat 888 livres'. It may well have been the case that Daguerre owned the master model and Rémond carried out the casting gilding and chasing to his order.

There are various 18th and 19th century models of these candlesticks including a pair in the Wallace Collection (F174-5). Another in the Musée Carnavalet in Paris. Also see a set of four, with the comte de Vaudreuil provenance, sold from the Champalimaud Collection, 7th July, Christie's, London, 2005, lot 160. 

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