Important Pair of Early Empire French Candelabra attr. to Claude Galle

Important Pair of Early Empire French Candelabra

An important and very rare pair of patinated and gilt-bronze early Empire period French candelabra, with two sconces. The refined design reminds us of similar remarkable models by Claude Galle (1759-1815).

Each one of this pair of candelabra is composed of a patinated bronze classical female figure. She has plaited hair and wears a long tunic. Further, in each hand she holds an ornate cornucopia shaped sconce with decorations of palm leaves. She is standing on a quadrangular obelisk shaped base. This patinated bronze base has decorations of birds drinking on a fountain flanked by two dolphins. The symbolic motifs of this magnificent pair of French candelabra are associated with the design during the Empire period. For instance the classical female figures, the dolphins and the cornucopia.

Because of the overall design and style this very rare pair of early Empire candelabra can be associated with the work of the leading Empire bronzier Claude Galle.

This pair of French Candelabra is in a very good condition.

Details of this pair of French Empire candelabra

Dimensions: 40 cm high, 19 cm wide, 12 cm deep.
Size of the base: 10 x 10 cm.
Weight: 5.5 kg (for the pair).


  • H. Ottomeyer, P. Proschel et al., ” Vergoldete Bronzen “, Munich, 1986, Vol. I, p. 332, 409 for comparable models.
  • Christie’s, New York, 2006 and Sotheby’s, New York, 2010 where comparable pairs of candelabra appeared in auction.

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