Excellent pair of French Empire candelabra depicting two winged Cupid or putto figures standing on a globe, which is carrried by a baluster-shaped fluted base with foliage decoration. Each Cupid is equipped with his bow and quiver filled with arrows and holding a wheat bundle either in his right or left hand. Frrom the wheat bundle issuing a a central stem and three s-shaped light arms with scrolls and acanthus leaf decoration. each nozzle with a removable drip pan.
the outstanding quality of sculpting, chiseling and gilding displayed in our pair of candelabras allow them to be attributed to one of the important bronzier workshops of Paris such as C. Galle, P.-P.Thomire, A. Ravrio or C.-F. Rabiat. Ottomeyer/Pröschel (see below) show a French Empire wall applique with a similar cupid figure; the authors also rever to another similar example in their description, which was inscribed “RABIAT” (Claude-Francois Rabiat, 1765-1815).
Compare: Hans Ottomeyer/Peter Pröschel: vergoldete Bronzen, 2 vol., vol. 1, p. 356, fig. 5.10.3.
Condition: very good, min. wear consistent with age and use, min. fading – detailed condition report on request