Rare Pair of Gilt and Patinated Bronze Candlesticks
Probably Italian, Empire period, circa 1810-1815
Entirely made of finely chased gilt and patinated bronze, these candlesticks, modelled as tripods or “atheniennes”, present a very unusual neoclassical design. The three straight legs adorned with interlace friezes are joined by a ring highlighted by a frieze of small leaves, terminating above in female masks and below in feet. The whole supports a patinated bronze basin with pinecone decoration, surmounted by a candleholder adorned with finely chased flowers, waves, and foliage; it in turn supports a drip tray. The sloping triangular bases feature a central star and a stylised frieze.