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Bequeathed by John Jones
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This gilded bronze candlestick is an example of the appeal the rococo style continued to hold in the nineteenth-century. It was inspired by designssuch as those published in Oeuvre de Juste Aurèle Meissonnier, a volume of engravings after the works of the French designer, architect and goldsmith, Juste Aurèle Meissonnier (1695-1750). These were issued in three editions between 1742 and 1750. Late-nineteenth-century sculptors also produced their own versions of rococo style which included a similar motif. In his Cahier des dessins et Croquis style Louis XV (1890), the French sculptor Léon Messagé (1842-1901) presented a design for an inkwell depicting the Roman god of war, Mars, as a child, holding a flaming torch.
Chased ormoulu, with a scrolled base on which rests a nude boy supporting the nozzle
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Height: 10 in
Candlestick and nozzle, chased ormoulu, with scrolled base with a nude boy suppporting the nozzle.
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Oeuvre de Juste Aurele Meissonnier Peintre Sculpteur Architecte &c Dessinateur de la chamber et Cabinet Du Roy Premier partie. Paris, Huquier, c.1745.
'A French late 19th century rococo style gilt bronze encrier', in: Fine European Furniture, Sculpture & Works of Art, Bonhams, London, 15 December 2011, Sale no. 19014, lot no. 111.