Candelabrum with woman playing guitar (one of a pair)

Various artists/makers

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 554

These tall and impressive candelabra were part of an important centerpiece commissioned by Ferdinand-Philippe, duc d’Orléans, in 1834. Delivered to the Palais des Tuileries, the royal residence in Paris, on April 20, 1839, they would have decorated the dining table together with other gilded bronze and stone-mounted pieces. The main element of this centerpiece, or surtout de table, were naturalistic animal combat and hunting groups created in bronze by the sculptor Antoine-Louis Barye. The entire table decoration was sold after Ferdinand Philippe’s untimely death in 1842 and widely dispersed.

Candelabrum with woman playing guitar (one of a pair), Aimé Chenavard (French, Lyons 1798–1838 Paris), Gilt bronze; rock crystal, carnelian, French, Paris

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