French gold bronze candelabra converted to a lamp after a model by Pierre-Philippe Thomire. Three identical curly-haired infant Tritons each riding a mythological dolphin blowing their twisted conch seashells like a trumpet while resting on a shapely tripod plinth base. Triton is "messenger of the sea", son of Poseidon "the god of the sea"; he used his notorious twisted conch sea shell to control the waves. The central baluster shaft with intricately detailed raised-relief leaves and shells terminating in a acanthus leaves scrolled capital sprouting newly electrified double pull-chain lamp sockets. Originally a candelabra converted for electricity. After a model by Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751-1840) leading Parisian bronzer and gilder of the Neoclassical and Empire style. Collaborating with Sèvres in 1783, supplying all gilt bronze mounts for the celebrated porcelain. Appointed by Emperor Napoleon "ciseleur de l'empereur" (Engraver to the Emperor) and "fournisseur de leurs majestés" (Furniture Suppliers to their Majesties).
Neoclassical design was inspired by the discovery of ancient Pompeii, returning Greco-Roman style in furniture and architecture. Louis XVI's reign began in 1774, his queen Marie-Antoinette was a lover of the arts and had much influence over the style. This 18th century design is timeless and elegant, but understated; it will compliment an antique setting, or adds exuberant contrasting highlights to modern and contemporary interior settings.
Place of Origin: France
Period: 19th century
Dimensioons: H 29 in. x Dm 9 in.H 73.66 cm x Dm 22.86 cm
Condition: Excellent antique condition, Gilt wore off bronze
Wear: Consistent with age