9859 A pair of Empire patinated and gilt bronze five arm candelabra, the scrolling candle arms issuing from a basket of flowers, supported by a kneeling, winged Nike or Victory figure with her arms outstretched, on a rectangular plinth base with applied gilt bronze laurel wreaths. Some castings inscribed chi, probably for Chibout or Choiselat Gallien.
Height: 23 ins (58 cms)
Width: 12.5 ins (32 cms)
Winged Nike or Victory figures were a popular motif during the Neo classical period in France at the turn of the 19th century. They appear frequently in the published designs of Charles Percier, architect to Napoleon as appropriate decorative emblems and were particulary suited to candelabra, providing upright structural support.
Choiselat-Gallien was a prominent bronzier working from the end of the Empire period and thriving during the Restoration. The firm is mainly known for important clock cases in conjunction with the clockmaker Lesieur, and as bronzier to the Compte d’Artois, future Charles X as well as supplier of bronzes to the Garde Meuble