Superior rare pair of Empire candlesticks signed Galle

Rare pair of gilt bronze Empire candlesticks signed Galle

An exceptional quality pair of gilt bronze Empire candlesticks by Gérard-Jean Galle (1788-1846). The same model also appears in the collection of the Mobilier National in Paris. This magnificent pair of candlesticks 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.

These Empire 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 candlesticks 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 candlesticks signed Galle

France, Empire period circa 1815.

Dimensions: 27,5 cm high, diameter of the circular base: 13 cm.
Weight: 1,4 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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