A pair of gilt bronze candlesticks on a circular foot, the rim cast with an intricate floral border around a smooth band. The shaft has a lotus-shaped base with curled up lotus leaves at the base of the stem. At the bottom of the stem an edging of upright palmettes beneath a band of flowers in trellis. The body of the stem is decorated with gilt pearls spiralling on a guilloche background while the upper part of the shaft terminates with another band of upright palmettes.
Based on their style and design, the pair of candlesticks can be attributed with certainty to the gilder Claude Galle (1759-1815).
Claude Galle spent his apprenticeship as a bronze caster and gilder with Pierre Foy, whose daughter he married. In 1786, Galle became a maitre-fondeur in the Parisian guild of bronzers and casters. From then on, he produced numerous bronzes d’ameublement for the Garde-Meuble du Roi. He supplied the palaces of Fontainebleau, Compiègne, Saint-Cloud and Versailles. After the French Revolution, Galle continued to work for the court and became Napoleon Bonaparte's favourite bronzeur and fondeur-ciseleur.
Works by Claude Galle are kept in several renowned collections, such as the Musée National du Château de Malmaison and the Musée Marmottan in Paris as well as the Residenz Museum in Munich and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
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