Suite of four gilt-bronze 13 light Candelabra after Thomire

Suite of four gilt-bronze 13 light Candelabra after Thomire


Suite of four gilt-bronze 13 light Candelabra after Thomire:
the candle branches on two tiers of six, with centre on a tapering
reeded pillar with acanthus leaf decoration; the pedestal with laurel
leaf wreaths and stepped base.

Height: 43¾" - 111.0cm
Width: 17" - 43.0cm
Projection: 15" - 38.0cm


Plural of candelabrum. A pair of candle-holders with two or more branches.

Thomire, Pierre-Philippe

Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751–1843) a French sculptor, was the most prominent bronzier of the First French Empire in the late 1700's. Before setting up his own establishment in 1775, Thomire trained in the workshop of Pierre Gouthière. He began assisting Jean-Claude-Thomas Duplessis, the artistic director of the Sèvres Porcelain Manufactory, in making mounts. When Duplessis died in 1783, Thomire took over his job, supplying all the gilt bronze mounts for the porcelain. This work kept him in business throughout the French Revolution, when many other producers went bankrupt. In 1804 he bought the business of a marchand-mercier, thus allowing him to sell furniture, Sèvres porcelain, and decorative objects, which he produced in his own workshops. In 1809 the Emperor Napoleon made him ciseleur de l'empereur (Engraver to the Emperor); Two years later, because of the large number of pieces Thomire supplied to the palaces, his firm became fournisseur de leurs majestés (Furniture Suppliers to their Majesties). Thomire's business survived even after Napoleon's downfall (1814-15). He continued to win numerous medals at various exhibitions and retired himself in 1823.

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