A Fine Pair Of Gilt-Bronze And White Marble Ten-Light Candelabra After The Model by Pierre Gouthière, by Henri Picard.
French, Circa 1870.
The gilt-bronze variously stamped ‘PP’.
This fine pair of candelabra with marble urns, masks and scrolling candle arms is based on the celebrated model attributed to Pierre Gouthière which were supplied circa 1785 by the marchand-mercier Charles Darnault for the ‘Grand Salon’ or the ‘Salon du Jeu de Mesdames’ at Château de Bellevue. They are now in the Petit-Trianon at Versailles (P. Verlet, Les Bronzes Dorés Français du XVIIIe Siècle, Paris, 1987, p. 99, fig. 111).
The bronze is stamped variously with the initials “PP” for the important fondeur and doreur Henri Picard. A number of related gilt-bronze candelabra from this period have been found bearing both the ‘PP’ and ‘Picard’ stamp together.