Each H. 12 1/8 in. (30.8 cm), Diam. of base 7 3/8 in. (18.7 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Charles Wrightsman (1999.370.1a,b,.2a,b)
Juste Aurèle Meissonnier (16951750) was an architect, painter, silversmith, and leading Rococo designer. His boldly asymmetrical model for this candlestick, with its spirally paneled stem, was recorded in three drawings. These drawings were engraved by Gabriel Huquier (16951772) and published in the Douxième livre des oeuvres de J. A. Meissonnier, Livre de chandeliers de sculpture en argent (173435). The design became very popular and was executed in silver and in gilt bronze.