PAIR OF LARGE GILT & PATINATED BRONZE TORCHIERES AFTER ALBERT-ERNEST CARRIER BELLEUSE
Imagine the splendor of a pair of large French torchieres, crafted from parcel-gilt patinated bronze and adorned with exquisite rouge marble. Inspired by the artistry of Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse, each torchiere stands tall, a tribute to classical beauty and elegance.
Atop these torchieres, gracefully draped maidens hold aloft urns, from which scrolling acanthus branches emerge. These branches, hosting 13 lights in total, culminate in circular drip-pans and candle holders, illuminating the surroundings with a soft, enchanting glow. The torchieres rest upon festooned marble plinths, adorned with ribbon-tied garlands featuring bountiful fruits and blossoms, evoking a sense of abundance and vitality.
The seamless fusion of bronze, marble, and artistic craftsmanship elevates these torchieres to an unparalleled level of sophistication. Electrified to function flawlessly, they retain their classical charm while adapting to modern convenience. These torchieres not only illuminate spaces but also stand as timeless works of art, exuding an aura of grace and refinement that transcends eras.
Another example of this pair of torcheres sold at Christies Auction Sale 13921 on April 2017 lot #18 for $211,500.
France, 20th Century
Height: 114” (289 cm)