A pair of French 19th century Louis XVI st. Belle Époque period ormolu and Rouge Griotte marble candelabras, attributed to F. Barbedienne
An exquisite pair of French 19th century Louis XVI st. Belle Époque period ormolu and Rouge Griotte marble candelabras, attributed to F. Barbedienne. Each seven arm candelabra is raised by elegant ormolu supports with fine block feet and richly chased... — Read More
An exquisite pair of French 19th century Louis XVI st. Belle Époque period ormolu and Rouge Griotte marble candelabras, attributed to F. Barbedienne. Each seven arm candelabra is raised by elegant ormolu supports with fine block feet and richly chased scrolled acanthus leaves which encase the handsome square Rouge Griotte base with a most decorative stepped and mottled border. The striking ormolu urns at the center are in the manner of Clodion and after a model by John Flaxman. Each urn displays charming finely chased cherubs playing in a field at one side and picking grapes out of a basket on the other side. At each side are wonderfully detailed animal faces with horns and tied by a swaging berried laurel garland. The elegantly curved necks display fine fluted designs below six elegantly curved arms adorned with finely detailed acanthus leaves and fluted candle cups centering the single arm with a superb eternal flame finial which can be removed to expose the seventh candle cup. All original gilt throughout.
Candle Height: 12" — Read Less
- Item # 4614
H: 26.5 in L: 14 in D: 9 in
H: 67 cm L: 36 cm D: 23 cm
- 19th Century
- Marble/Stone, Ormolu
Belle Époque ,
Louis XVI st.
(Belle Époque) -
Gaining its name from the optimistic and peaceful period of time between 1871 and World War I, Belle Epoque means “beautiful period”, and occurred during the era of the Third French Republic. This period of economic, colonial, and scientific prosperity brought with it a flourishing artistic climate with numerous literal, musical, theatrical, and visual masterpieces being created.
The Eiffel Tower, which was constructed between 1887 and 1889, served as the entrance to the World’s Fair held in Paris. That same year, the Moulin Rouge cabaret in Paris was founded and showcased the now more mainstream styles of performance including can-can dancing. Belle Epoque dancers and singers were Paris celebrities and became immortalized by the poster arts of Toulouse-Lautrec.
Leading up to this period in 1865, the American Civil War was coming to a close, with France proposing to construct the Statue of Liberty as a joint effort with the United States. France would be responsible for the statue, with America constructing the pedestal. Created to celebrate the nation’s success in building a viable democracy, the statue would stand as a symbol of friendship between the French and American people.
(Louis XVI st.) -
Also known as Louis Seize, Louis XVI's style is a style of architecture, furniture, decoration, and art created during Louis XVI’s 19-year reign in France, just before the French Revolution.
Thought to be a reaction and juxtaposition to the prior more elaborate styles, Louis XVI style developed at the end of the Baroque Period and continued until the birth of French Neoclassicism.
King Louis XVI showed little enthusiasm for the old world styles of the Baroque Period and he sought out a create a new “beau ideal” that focused on the purity and grandeur of Ancient Romans and Greeks.
Inspired by Ancient Roman architecture and art, distinct features of the Louis XVI style are linear lines, small repeated motifs, floral medallions hanging from ribbons, acanthus leaves, urns, dolphins, ram, and lion heads, and griffins.
Greco-Roman elements, often used in earlier and later French styles, were also quick common and included fluted and twisted columns, Caryathids, and corbels.
- Ferdinand Barbedienne
Ferdinand Barbedienne (1810 – 1892), a renowned French Bronzier. Between 1850 and 1854 his firm, Barbedienne, provided furnishings in the Renaissance Revival style for the Hôtel de Ville, Paris. They received numerous medals at the International Exhibitions, including medals in three different classes at the International Exhibition of 1862 in London.
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