Antique French Empire Candlesticks Claude Galle


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Claude Galle,(1759-1815).

Pair Of Egyptian Candlesticks from The Empire Period, ‘Retour d’Egypte’.
Fine pair of Empire period candlesticks, in patinated and gilded bronze. The central tapering column crowned by three heads of Egyptian women wearing the ‘nemes’ supporting the sconce decorated with palmettes.
The circular base with three pairs of feet to the priestesses, above a a band of stylized palmettes.

Height 8 5/8″ (22cm)

Base Diameter 3 7/8″ (9.8cm)


Circa 1805

An identical pair were in the bedroom of the Emperor Napoleon at Saint-Cloud (ref: 1807 inventory). Then from 1837 to 1861 at the Grand Trianon.
In 1886 the pair returned from Versailles to the Garde-Meuble (inventory number GML 4927 001).
This pair of candlesticks is illustrated and described in “L’heure, le feu, la lumière”, the bronzes of the Mobilier National de Marie-France Dupuy-Baylet, on page 146.