Pair Antique French Empire Bronze Doré Candlesticks France circa 1820
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5.00" w x 5.00" d x 11.00" h
12.70cm w x 12.70cm d x 27.94cm h
A pair of elegant Empire period bronze doré candlesticks from France c. 1820. Please use the zoom feature on our website to see the amazing detail on these candlesticks visible over the entire surface. The circular base on each candlestick ascends to a central stem in a series of elevated ridges that bear a repeated pattern of engine turning on each alternating band. This separation of a smooth surface interspersed with a decorated band continues up the entire central column into the actual candle nozzle itself. Engine turning is a decorative engraving technique accomplished by using a rose engine which is an attachment to a lathe that creates a pattern of interlocking circles and lines in a symmetrical manner. It is an especially effective decorative method as seen in these candlesticks where it alternates with sections that are entirely smooth and polished. The tenets of neoclassicism (balance and symmetry) are evident here as they were favourites attributes of the objects produced during the reign of Napoleon I (1804-1815). While the base of these candlesticks are circular the central column is a tapered cylinder that takes advantage of the change in profile to showcase the variety of decorative patterns that adorn the different sections. The top of each candlestick is called the nozzle where the actual candle sits and each outer ring is removable for easy removal of any dripping wax that accumulates while the candle is lit. The particular beauty of the gilded bronze finish comes from the ability of gold to always stay beautifully fresh and never tarnish unlike brass, copper or pewter. Combined with its extraordinary reflective quality bronze dore was a prized material to make candlesticks, sconces and chandeliers throughout the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The striking simplicity of this Empire period design fits in exceedingly e=well in modern and contemporary spaces where the glint of glamour is always a welcome addition.