Design for a Candelabra

Anonymous, French, 18th century French
Formerly attributed to Edme Bouchardon French

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The idea of using the elements from nature to shape the design of an object is also reflected in this French design for a candelabrum. Its body is shaped like a plant with three stems, growing in different directions and forming the arms to support the candles. Three children or cherubs are playing at the foot of the stem. Designs like this one were often executed in gilt bronze combined with porcelain, making them into very colorful additions to the interior decor. In France the national porcelain manufacturer Sèvres brought many comparable pieces onto the market, but the type was very popular throughout Europe and very similar examples were also being produced in Germany (Meissen) and Great Britain (Chelsea Porcelain Factory).

Design for a Candelabra, Anonymous, French, 18th century, Red chalk with partial black underdrawing

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