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Stunning pair of Empire cassolettes / candlesticks for double use

Pair of Empire cassolettes / candlesticks for double use

Wonderful pair of large gilt bronze French Empire cassolettes / candlesticks for double use.  These urn shaped cassolettes rest on a fluted pedestal on top of a cylindrical shaft and a square base. They are covered with removable lids with openwork decoration and topped with a pine cone. One can easily change the cassolettes into a pair of luxurious candlesticks by simply turning the lids, hence the name “for double use”.

This stunning pair of cassolettes / candlesticks has many ornate decorations such as friezes of palmettes, interlace patterns and heart rays. These cassolettes are a perfect example of the taste and stylistic forms of the Empire when the imagination of the forms, the casting, the chiseling and the gilding had simultaneously reached a level of absolute perfection. This pair of cassolettes is in an excellent condition.

Details of this pair of Empire cassolettes / candlesticks for double use

Origin: France, circa 1815.

Dimensions: 37 cm high, 17 cm wide and 9,5 cm deep. Size of the square base: 9,5 x 9,5 cm.
Weight: 3,8 kg (for the pair).

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