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A pair of Neo-Classical Ormolu Two-Light Candelabra
A wonderful pair of European two-light candelabra with Athenienne form tripod bases, richly decorated with ormolu mounts (ormolu is a English term that is derived from the French phrase bronze dore d’or moulu which translates into bronze gilded with ground gold) and patinated “espresso” colored bronze with accents of the Neo-Classical vocabulary, including embossed Griffin, a mythological animal in the form of a lion’s body with an eagle’s head and wings of Classical origin. This motif symbolized strength and was incorporated into furnishings, architecture, and decorative arts from the Renaissance forward. The candleabra’s bases’ design, or origin, is of Greco-Roman inspiration and typically takes the form of a lidded urn that holds a wash basin. It was popularized by James Stuart in England who used in his Regency designs at Kendleston Hall near Derbyshire, in 1757. It was published in 1762 as the termination to his reconstruction of the Choragic Monument to Lysictares and was then used by Joseph Marie Vien in his 1763 painting Le Vertueuse Athenienne. It became one of the most conspicuous archaeological examples of the Neo-Classical style that permeated Europe and America in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.


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