A Pair of Louis XVI Style Enamelled Ten Light Torchere Candelabra

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Object Description

A Fine Pair of Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze and vert d’eau Enamelled Ten Light Torchere Candelabra.

French, Circa 1880.

The bronze variously numbered to the reverse ‘2445’.

Each torchere has an ovoid vase issuing a fluted stem with two tiers of scrolled candlearms. The vase which terminates in a berried finial is supported on triple guilloche cast monopodiae headed with classical masks and united by a richly cast undertier, centred by a conforming vase and cover.

Reputedly forming part of the furnishings of the the Hermes Villa in Vienna, this sophisticated pair of torcheres are of exceptional quality with superbly cast and gilded bronze figurative mounts.

Object History

The Hermes Villa was commissioned by the Austrian-Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph as a retreat for the Empress Elisabeth. Built between 1882 and 1886, it was considered one of the most outstanding examples of villa architecture of the late romantic period.

The villa was to take its name from the statue of Hermes which stood in the grounds.

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