Pair of brass three light candelabras after a design by Jean-Charles Delafosse dating to the period 1768-1780, each with three removable curved leaf-cast candle arms with leaf-tied drip-pans and fluted bobeches, topped with a later pine cone finial, the fluted central standard cast with friezes of entrelac and beading and raised on a circular fluted foot. They have been fitted with a later tole shade of adjustable height.
This fine set may well have been cast in the 19th c from a mercury-gilded 18th c. set; such a set, identical in every respect to our pair, was sold in Paris in December 2007. They can be used as single-standard candlesticks, as three-light candlesticks, or as shaded lamps.
Candelabra height 14 ½”, diameter 9 7/8”
Height with shade 34”, shade diam 19”
Jean-Charles Delafosse (1734-1789) was an ornamentalist whose importance to the neoclassical revival that was to form the Louis XVI style cannot be underestimated. He produced hundreds of designs, among them the earliest examples (1768) in this style.