Thomire-Duterme & Co.
Pair of candelabras with vestals.
Ormolu, chased and patinated bronze.
Height 60,5 cm
On a patinated bronze base decorated with oromlu appliques representing an alternation of torches and vestals, other vestals support a sphere. It carries three arms of light composed of a wolf's head spitting out a foliage motif on which rests the binet. A shaft finished by a binet surmounts the sphere.
This pair of candelabras is based on the vestal with crossed arms model created for a series of pairs of torches delivered by Thomire-Duterme to the palace of Fontainebleau in 1809 and destined for the small apartment of the Empress.
The wolf heads that spit out the arms of light represent an uncommon motif that has also been attributed to Thomire.