C1800 Pair French Ormolu Directoire Candlesticks
I am pretty confident we have the most 18th century French chairs and the most 18th century French candlesticks in the Southern hemisphere. This another spectacular pair of 18th century, till the end of 1800, or maybe early 19th century, so 1801 and later. This fabulous pair of French candlesticks is about 1800, and Directiore (1792-1804) style and definitely period. I was disappointed to see a machine thread sticking out the bottom of one. However, when I took them apart for cleaning the gold on the bronze, I was delighted to find one spindle was a replacement. The other was a flat iron rod hand threaded on both ends. Each candlestick consists of eleven ormolu pieces the threaded on this spindle. This is a construction technique used in the 16th century but out of favour till the late 18th. It became very common again after about 1815. There is some small loss of gilding. Mostly on the bobeche, where the wax has been left. These are rare and exceptional. In the retour d'Egypt style, they have a main body formed as an ampohora.
Compare with this set:https://www.christies.com/en/lot/lot-6171688. Sold at Christies for GBP5,625. I do not know if that includes the buyer's premium.
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