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CANDELABRA (BOUGEOIR), ONE OF TWO

Made by: Vincennes Porcelain Manufactory

On view in: Marjorie Post's Bedroom


About this object

Ormolu-mounted porcelain was a creation of the Parisian "marchands-merciers" (dealers in the decorative arts). These astute merchants realized the decorative possibilities of porcelain flowers, a novelty product, and mounted them in gilt bronze or tole (painted tinware) in inkstands, candelabra, and floral arrangements. These candelabra set with porcelain flowers and figures representing Harlequin and Columbine exemplify the elaborate fashions conceived by these fashionable shop-keepers for their most prestigious clients.

One of a pair. A candelabra in gilt bronze supports two bobèches (candleholders) shaped as leaves and petals. In the back is a vertical branch from which spring vine-like twigs bearing porcelain flowers. In the center is a shaped, trellised canopy under which is a porcelain figurine of a seated Columbine playing the hurdy-gurdy. At the top is a small pink silk shade which unrolls and can be attached to a twig in front of the figurine. The figure rests on a foliate scroll base.

Category:
lighting devices
Object name:
CANDELABRA (BOUGEOIR), ONE OF TWO
Made from:
Gilt bronze -- porcelain -- silk
Made in:
Vincennes, France
Date made:
ca. 1750
Size:
H. 17 1/2 × W. 11 × D. 9 in. (44.5 × 27.9 × 22.9 cm)

Detailed information for this item

Catalog number:
14.1.1
Class:
METAL
Signature marks:
Credit line:
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
Featured in publication:
"Sèvres Porcelain at Hillwood","A Taste for Splendor: Russian Imperial and European Treasures from the Hillwood Museum"