Attributed to Juste Aurèle Meissonnier (French, Turin 1695–1750 Paris)
Each H. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm.); Diam. 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm.)
The Lesley and Emma Sheafer Collection, Bequest of Emma A. Sheafer, 1973
A 1728 design for a candlestick by Juste-Aurèle Meissonnier (1695–1750) incorporated a pair of entwined children in its twisted stem. The three drawings for this model were engraved by Louis Desplaces (1682–1739). This highly sculptural model proved to be very fashionable and was executed, with variations, in gilt bronze and in porcelain.
Lesley and Emma Sheafer , New York (until 1974; bequeathed to MMA) ; Emma A. Sheafer (until 1973; bequeathed to MMA)