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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Metals: Bronze: Pre 1900: Item # 593340

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French, Second Empire, Neo-Classical, Bronze Hat-stands

French; Second Empire (circa 1852-1870). These are two French Bronze hat-stands in the Neo-classical style, their design inspired by ancient Roman candelabra and the First Empire style of Napoleon I. With an aged, dark bronze patina and subtle traces of the original gilt (ormolu) decoration, the bases were each cast as one piece in the form of triple lion paws in the Classical style. The slender columns, decorated with scrolling vines, attach to their bases with a collar, screw and plate insert and conceal adjustable brass extension rods topped with circular wooden discs (which would be concealed inside the hats). The two stands have identically styled footings and columns but are at staggered heights, probably to display different sizes of fine millinery, although they could easily be adapated to function as tall candelabra much like their Roman prototypes. Dimensions (when collapsed): one is approximately 35 inches high from base to wooden top and extends to about 58 maximum; the taller stand is 39 inches high and extends to about 63 maximum. (Note: maximum extension is not recommended). A small screw adjustment fixes the inside brass tube at the desired height. The shorter stand is topped with a wooden disk 4-1/8 diameter, while the taller stand has a wooden disk 3-1/2 diameter. Combined Weight: 3.4 Kg (7-1/2 lbs.). Note: Because of boxed length, for shipping calculation, carriers will charge dimensional weight (+++). Please contact us for an exact shipping quote. Not recommended for shipping outside the continental U.S.A.

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