Important pair of Neoclassical Louis XV style dark patinated and gilded bronze figural putti candelabras. The patinated bronze shaft depicting a winged putti or cherub with a rose garland draped across his shoulder, on the back of patinated bronze cylinder plinth it is signed with initials AD with a star above it. Each putti supporting a mercury gold bronze torchière with adorned with pan flute, tamborine and horn gathered at the ribbon-tied stem sprouting 5 gilded bronze candle branches terminating in leaf and berry ornamented candle holders with beaded drip-pan. Each putti stands on an cylindrical verde green marble stepped plinth adorned with intricately mercury gold bronze rose floral garland and scrolled acanthus leaf design molding. The musical putti was the spirit of music whose rhythms and melodies quickened the heartbeat and stirred the soul.
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 and 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: Circa 1880
Signed: AD with a star above initials
Dimensions: 25.5in H x 6in Dia
Condition: Excellent antique condition, wear consitent with age and use.