A pair of Louis XVI ormolu patined-bronze and porphyry six-light candelabra - en cassolette - attributed to François Rémond, circa 1785. Each with central naturalistically modelled poppy stem and flowering nozzle flanked by five further spirally-fluted nozzles, with still-leaf domed drip-pans and part mille-raies and part flowered entrelacs nozzles, issuing from an engine-turned collar wrapped with foliage, grapes and other flowers, the turned spreading porphyry body with pearled acanthus and mille-raies panelled band above a berried acanthus cup with central berried finial with spirally-fluted shaft wrapped and entwined with a serpent, supported on three ram's headed monopodiae with pearled and mille-raies panelled shafts joined by a collar with arabesque ornament, on a concave-sided triangular plinth with satyr masks between mille-raies panelled bands and under acanthus lapets, on stiff-leaf headed turned tapering feet.
The authorship for this model of candelabra can be firmly attributed to the ciseleur-doreur François Rémond (1747- Paris 1812), received Master the 14 october 1774. Although no categoric documented pairs of this model are recorded in the daybooks of the marchand-mercier Dominique Daguerre, they must surely be the result of a collaboration between Rémond and Daguerre, as they re-use numerous elements that are known to be the fruits of their collaboration. In their general form, our candelabras are closely reminiscent of another pair made after a model by François Rémond, sold at the Wildenstein auction on December 15, 2005 (lot 121), a model whose trace can be found in Daguerre's account book in 1783, described as such: a pair of tripod candelabras carrying eight lights and six sphinxes for the astronomical sum of 5000 pounds... (photo attached). In this same sale, two other pairs of candelabras (lots 19 and 27), attributed to the same Master, show many similarities.
Really good condition
Provenance, former Wildenstein Collection, Christie's London, 14 December 2005. Acquired 10 March 1906 by Nathan Wildenstein to decorate the staircase hall of the very famous Charles de Wailly's mansion, rue La Boétie, in Paris.