Magnificent pair of Empire candlesticks attributed to Louis-Isidore Choiselat

Pair of French Empire candlesticks attributed to Louis-Isidore Choiselat (1784-1853)

Pair of absolutely rare and sumptuously decorated gilt bronze French Empire candlesticks, attributed to Parisian bronzier Louis-Isidore Choiselat. The collection of the Mobilier National in Paris has a comparable pair, that was delivered by Louis-Isidore Choiselat to the palace of Saint-Cloud. Those candlesticks were used in the most important rooms of the palace, which is evident when we see the quality of that pair. Our pair of Empire candlesticks is even more exceptional in its richness and variety of very finely chiseled decorative patterns. Also the original mercury gilding has been preserved remarkably well.

From a circular base with stylized decorations of flowers and stars, arranged in several concentric annular sections, sprouts the stem which stands on an inverse vase shaped support. This stem has a design which is very rare, since it starts as pear shaped at the bottom, but going upward, the shape changes into the more familiar shape of a tapered cylinder.

Both the support and the pear shaped part of the stem feature an absolutely fascinating and unique floral pattern. Separated by several annular rings, the upper part of the stem features a pattern of stars on a dotted background. Finally, the stem is crowned by a capital with a chiseled leaf pattern.

A masterwork of Parisian chiseled gilt bronze, these French candlesticks have been executed in an excellent quality with mat and shiny mercury gilding. They are in an excellent state of conservation.

Details of this pair of French Empire candlesticks

Paris, Empire period circa 1815.
Height 27 cm, diameter of the base: 12,5 cm.
Weight: 2,0 kg (for the pair).

Louis-Isidore Choiselat (1784-1853)

Louis-Isidore Choiselat (1784-1853), also known as Choiselat-Gallien, was a Parisian goldsmith, bronzier, founder, chaser and gilder. He was one of the leading Parisian bronze manufacturers of is time. Son of a Parisian salt merchant, he was apprenticed to the bronzier Jean-Baptiste Matthieu Gallien. Later he married Gallien’s daughter Ambroisine Marie (1794-1861) and then succeeded his father-in-law’s business at 93 rue de Verrerie in Paris.


  • Collection of the Mobilier National, Paris.

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