Superb formal pair of 18. Century French hallmarked gilded bronze Louis 15.
Period socket candlesticks, circa 1750. Please register my store/page in your favorites, for a fine range of 14th to 19th century period metalwork, lighting & other pieces, all guaranteed, as to age, condition & origin. Serious, as to Intellectual Property rights any violations are reported to our Intellectual Properties attorneys in Leeds & Paris. Read all my terms of sale.
Pieces in the group photo are for comparison. My collections & some of Ellys. New arrivals can be viewed. Im a part-time antiques dealer, & sometimes exhibit at UK antiques shows.My associate in France is an expat American historian of European Decorative Arts & museum curator, with 46 years of advanced experience. Roy here in France seasons greetings on a dark New Year. Elly has more Fine Arts & Antiques than we can begin to keep up with at least 4,000 period pieces.
Group photos will give you a slight idea of the depth of my collections, and Elly's inventory - 800 new acquisitions, with more arriving almost daily - keep watching this page. Weather is getting worse in Europe my internet router has been replaced 8 times in 7 years and needs to be replaced again. Delays from France are unavoidable; I have not been able to begin to keep up with photography. 5 major storms have left 100,000 to 400,000 homes & businesses without power for several days (5 times).
However, the largest French labor strike since 1968 is still on last month, less than 10% of public transport for the entire country was working; 75% of the Paris Metro was shut down. The strike interfaces with other services & the private sector, & has had a very negative impact on the post. I live alone at 3,000 ft. Altitude in one of the most isolated places in Western Europe, 2 hours by car to any city.
Rural postal distribution is by truck work strikes or severe weather have major effects and internet or computer problems take a week to correct. Negotiations between labor unions & the government continue, but all of Elly's listings physically located in France will have a 10 working-day delay instead of the usual 5, because no one can be sure of how long the massive dispute (over retirement age & benefits) will take to resolve. Since New Years, the strike has spread to Radio France & the Paris Opera, teachers' unions, the Louvre, & blockages of fuel refineries & depots; such delays are completely out of our control. Bobeches aka loose nozzles in British English can be the bane of curators, collectors or dealers, in that appropriate pairs are often nearly impossible to find.
In the particular case of Louis Quinze formal bronze candlesticks, the problem becomes even more complicated, due to the truly enormous design range of the period. Elly & I have a number of pairs of Louis 15. Style bobeches on hand, which most exceptionally gives you the choice of one of two pairs but not both: please specify your choice.
The candlesticks are 18th century; the bobeches are guaranteed to be antique, but the pair with the floral undersides is more likely 19. Century; both pairs are gilded, and either is a very good fit for this superb pair of hallmarked period candlesticks. Between 1600 & 1720, French and other Continental base-metal candlesticks underwent a complex evolution which has never been properly documented solely in the French context, there are hundreds of variations I have not seen in published reference books and, this comment further extends to formal candlesticks, from about 1720 to 1840. At about 1660, proto-typical forms began to emerge, and then rapidly develop to establish the classic, poly-lobed based, Louis 14.Style of candlestick, which persisted well into the 2. And do note the designated nomenclature of French design, as to period, does not strictly correspond to the reign of the relevant ruler - which confuses most people - including many French dealers. After more than 25 years in France. Im only a few candlesticks away from being able to chart the previously unpublished development of specifically French forms, particularly from about 1600 to 1830. Periods are highly problematic, as to the enormous explosion of design; and the same comment applies to the subsequent evolution of the Louis 16. This exceptionally fine pair has evolved from stylistic roots in the Louis 14. Period, into a level of design sophistication that is classically Louis Quinze , circa 1750. The shafts are seamed, as are most post-1710 candlesticks, and c. Ondition is basically outstanding, except that one shaft has been soldered under the foot.
The pair is gilded, and perhaps 75% of the gilding is intact, if thin I have de-oxidized and lightly polished the surfaces. The vast majority of Continental copper alloy candlesticks were made by artisans working in foundries. This pair was definitely made by a silversmith each is individually hand-struck with a capital A in the centers of the base of the shafts (see photos 7 & 8), and there is an oval hallmark on each foot rim (photo 10). The hallmarks are illegible, and I dont want to use any potentially invasive chemicals to try and clean them any further. The other pair to the left in the group photo is also Louis 15.
Period, and will be listed soon I have at least 25 pairs of early candlesticks to photograph, and many more pre-1720 single examples. These are untouched, and with no repairs, other than the aforementioned soldering this was generally due to loosened threading, and unnecessary - it is not difficult to reverse, but requires attention, in order not to damage the gilding or bronze.
The solder has had no visible effect whatsoever on the top of the foot, and in this case is perhaps best left alone. We are independently listed with. For France or the UK. As-seen, and as described above do examine the photos, which are an integral part of the description.
Here is otherwise slightly less than the normal amount of wear one expects on metalwork that has survived intact for 250+ years. Note : Photos are high resolution use magnification for viewing details. Please ask, if you wish more.New Bedford Museum of Glass. : foot diameter 5 & 1/4 13.3 cm. Insured mailing within France is 16 Euros. Is 24 Euros to North America. Please read listings carefully rates & conditions are substantially different. Due to illness, severe weather. This is strictly a small business, with no employees. Intolerant buyers, or those leaving less than 5-star feedback (no longer invisible) will be black-listed. There is a major problem with the age, condition or origin of a piece as described ; and this is confirmed by a qualified expert.
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The item "Pair of 18th century French gilded bronze Louis 15th candlesticks circa 1750" is in sale since Friday, June 7, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Decorative Arts\Metalware". The seller is "etb2011" and is located in Limousin Region. This item can be shipped worldwide.