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A PAIR OF BRONZE AND GILT-BRONZE FRENCH CANDELABRA

A PAIR OF BRONZE AND GILT-BRONZE FRENCH CANDELABRA

Item Description:

19th Century



a pair of candelabra, one with Iris, the second with Mercury, both holding aloft a five-armed candelabra decorated with scrolling acanthus leaves and berried laurel scrolls with a central raised candle nozzle, the figures each on a cylindrical metal plinth with gilt edging, the plinth decorated with winged figures and a winged ribbon tied flaming torch, the winged Iris stands atop a celestial globe and holds a wreath of irises in one hand, Mercury with winged feet stands atop an up-turned putto head, signifying wind, and holds a caduceus (a staff with intertwined snakes) in his left hand



Height 40 1/2 in. (103 cm.) without shade (2)



LITERATURE:

For a more detailed historical context for similar pairs of candelabra, see Hans Ottomeyer and Peter Proschel, Vergodelte Bronzen, Munich, 1986, vol. I, p. 330 and p. 390.



The figures for both Iris and Mercury are inspired by far older sculptures. Mercury, the fleet-footed messenger of the Gods, is inspired by a Renaissance bronze by the sculptor Giambologna (1529-1608) which was sent to the Medici family in Rome in 1580. For two hundred years, the statue remained at the Villa Medici, and it was then moved to the Bargello Museum in Florence, where it currently remains. Iris, seems to be inspired by an early 19th century candelabra designed by a well-known French craftsman.



According to Roman mythology, Iris and Mercury were both messengers of the gods, as highlighted by the presence of wings on both figures.



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AUCTION
₹ 400,000.00 ( Low est. )

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