Pair of twin-branch patinated bronze and ormolu ‘Lady’ Candelabra

Pair of twin-branch patinated bronze and ormolu ‘Lady’ Candelabra

Pair of twin-branch patinated bronze and ormolu ‘Lady’ Candelabra

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Pair of twin-branch patinated bronze and ormolu ‘Lady’ Candelabra:
the tall classical female figures on stepped rectangular white marble plinths with classical motifs; each bearing gilded scrolling leafy branches with ribbed candle cups and pans. French Directoire, circa 1800 and restored.

Height:29"-74.0cm
Width:19"-49.5cm
Glossary Words

ormolu

A term derived from the French 'or moulu' (ground gold). This special gilding technique is no longer used. It is now done by electro-plating, which uses a chemical process to apply a thin layer of gold. See gilded.

gilded, gilt

A very thin layer of gold applied to brass or bronze.

Directoire

Transitional period from 1793 to 1799, following the French Revolution of 1789, during which styles became more austere, after the execution of Louis XVI. Motifs reflected Napoleon's Egyptian campaign with sphinxes, urns and griffins.

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