Superior large pair of Empire candelabra signed Galle

Rare large pair of Empire candelabra signed Galle

An exceptional quality pair of gilded bronze Empire candelabra by Gérard-Jean Galle (1788-1846), consisting of a pair of gilt bronze candlesticks surmounted by a detachable crown of four lights. The same model also appears in the collection of the Mobilier National in Paris. This magnificent pair of candelabra carries the stamp “G F” (see last photo). It is the mark of the renowned bronzier Gérard-Jean Galle (1788-1846). He was the son and successor of the top bronzier Claude Galle.

This pair of Empire candelabra has four lights, one of which is central, in the shape of cornucopias. Each of the arms of light has finely chiseled details including a flower scroll on the cornucopia which ends in a candle holder with a fine mesh pattern. The crowns of lights rest on a pair of gilt bronze candlesticks which are of a royal and imposing size with unusually large dimensions of the base. These candlesticks have a circular base with a knurled edge of water leaves and pearls, and the center in an ogee chiseled with palmette leaves. From the base sprouts a pedestal with decoration of leaves and a large chiseled cylindrical base surmounted by the slightly fluted conical shaft. At the top the shaft ends in a chiseled capital supporting the candle holders.

This exceptional and superbly chiseled pair of Empire candelabra has been executed in mercury gilded bronze with a sublime mat and shiny gilding. They are in an excellent state of preservation.

Details of this pair of Empire candelabra signed Galle

Origin: Paris, circa 1815.

Dimensions: 52 cm high, 27 cm wide and 25 cm deep. Diameter of the circular base: 14,5 cm. Height of the candlesticks: 30 cm.
Weight: 5,0 kg (for the pair).

Gérard-Jean Galle (1788-1846)

Gérard-Jean Galle, who was the eldest son of the renowned bronzier, Claude Galle (1759-1815), took over the family business at rue Vivienne on his father’s death. Soon he proved that he could maintain its excellent repute. Regarded as one of the best in Paris, he was patronised by an elite clientele. Later, in 1819 Gérard won a silver medal at the Exposition de l’Industrie for an outstanding collection of bronzes consisting predominantly of light fittings and clock cases. The latter he supplied to some of the best Parisian clock makers including Bourdier. Gérard-Jean Galle also specialized in making clocks with corresponding candelabra, of which at least two are at Stockholm Castle.


  • Collection of the Mobilier National in Paris, inv. nr. GML-6868-000.

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