"A Pair Of Gilt Bronze Empire Candlesticks"A magnificent pair of Empire ormolu candlesticks in the maner of Jean Demosthene Dugourc.
Each with fluted, tapered shaft and delicate ornamentation, surmounted by three female heads, with theirhair wreathed in marguerites.
At the top with bulbous nozzle drip-pan.
Finished with feet standing on a circular base, decorated with palmettes and a beaded edge.
Place of origin- France
Period- Empire, early 19th century
A small note-In 2010the same pair of candlesticks wassold at Christie's in London.
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Jean Démosthène Dugourc (1749-1825) was a French designer, who worked for various royal and noble families in the late eighteenth century. His clients included the French nobility and the royal houses of Europe. In 1780 he was named as designer to theComte de Provence(the future Louis XVIII) and helped to redecorate the Château de Brunoy (just southeast of Paris).
Source- TRC Leiden,Metropolitan Museum of Art online cataloque