Pierre Philippe Thomire (French, Paris 1751–1843 Paris)
Height (each): 50 1/4 in. (127.6 cm)
Bequest of James Alexander Scrymser, 1918
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 553
Winged Victories, symbols of military triumph, were a staple of Napoleonic decoration. These candelabra are comprised of Hellenistic winged figures of Nike or Victory, arms upraised and supporting floral wreaths from which branch ten candle sockets decorated with fluting, acanthus leaves, and spirals. Torches of flowers in the center are supported by spirals. The rectangular bases with wreaths in relief and stylized artichokes support the figures above.
Similar candelabra were designed by Charles Percier (1764–1838) for the boudoir of Empress Josephine at the Château de Saint-Cloud, where they were identified in the 1805 and 1807 inventories. Percier's original drawing of his candelabra (entitled Pieces of furniture in a "boudoir") is in the Metropolitan Museum's collection.
Signature: Signed on back of base: THOMIRE à PARIS
James Alexander Scrymser (until 1918; bequeathed to MMA)
Artist: pedestal and mounts by Pierre Philippe Thomire (French, Paris 1751–1843 Paris)Date: early 19th century (lapidary work); 1819 (pedestal and mounts)Medium: Russian malachite, composite filling material; gilt-bronze mounts; bronze pedestalAccession: 44.152a, bOn view in:Gallery 553
Artist: Attributed to Pierre Philippe Thomire (French, Paris 1751–1843 Paris)Date: n.d.Medium: Pen and brown and black ink, brush and brown and yellow wash, over graphiteAccession: 67.548.3On view in:Not on view