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C1860 Pair Louis XVI style Ormolu (Gilt Bronze) Candlesticks

$950.00 the elegant Pair


Second Empire in period, made under Napoleon III, these finely made candlesticks are in 23 ct gold plated bronze, and stand 17 cm tall. These are well cast and hand finished with a chisel. The gold plating for this period is electroplating, the sort of plating still used today, so the whole piece is covered in gold. This includes underneath the candlestick base, which would only show runs of gold if it had been mercury gilded, the 18th century method. These are delightfully detailed and beautifully proportioned. The graceful domed foot is emphasised with fluting and the rim is enriched with guilloche. The vaulter is fluted and hung with integrally cast floral garlands. The bobeche or dripping is removable to facilitate extraction of v candle stubs. They are perfect and jewel like ornaments for the home.

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