The J. Paul Getty Museum

Pair of Standing Candelabra

Object Details

Title:

Pair of Standing Candelabra

Artist/Maker:

Attributed to Lucien-François Feuchère (French, about 1750 - 1828)

Culture:

French

Place:

Paris, France (Place Created)

Date:

about 1784–1786

Medium:

Blued metal; gilt bronze

Object Number:

71.DF.99

Dimensions:

113.7 × 45.1 × 26.7 cm (44 3/4 × 17 3/4 × 10 1/2 in.)

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Object Description

Candelabra such as this pair would have been placed on a mantelpiece, a commode, or a secrétaire in a salon of a stylish Parisian townhouse.

Scholars use various decorative details to identify and precisely date an object like this. The gilt bronze figures of women with Egyptian headdresses and acanthus leaves clustered with fruit and flowers are of the same form as the mounts on three Chinese porcelain vases now in the Musée du Louvre. The aunts of Louis XVI, princesses Adélaïde and Victoire, ordered these vases from the marchand-mercier François-Charles Darnault in 1786 for their château of Bellevue. The candelabra may have been produced at the same time.

Provenance
Provenance
- 1864

Possibly Giulio Litta, viscount Arese, Italian, 1822 - 1891 (Palazzo Litta, Milan, Italy)
Source: Correspondence with Dierdre Primrose, countess of Rosebery, October 1999, stating the candelabra are from Palazzo Litta. Correspondence in the files of the Department of Sculpture and Decorative Arts, J. Paul Getty Museum.

1864

Louis-Auguste-Alfred Beurdeley, French, 1808 - 1882 (Paris, France)
Source: Correspondence with Dierdre Primrose, countess of Rosebery, October 1999, stating the candelabra were acquired by "Baron Mayer" from Beurdeley in 1864. Correspondence in the files of the Department of Sculpture and Decorative Arts, J. Paul Getty Museum.

1864 - 1874

Baron Mayer Amschel de Rothschild, English, 1818 - 1874 (Mentmore Towers, Buckinghamshire, England), by inheritance to his wife, Juliana de Rothschild.

1874 - 1877

Juliana de Rothschild, English, 1831 - 1877 (Mentmore Towers, Buckinghamshire, England), by inheritance to her daughter, Hannah de Rothschild.

1877 - 1878

Hannah de Rothschild Primrose, countess of Rosebery, English, 1851 - 1890 (Mentmore Towers, Buckinghamshire, England), brought to her marriage to Archibald Philip Primrose, fifth earl of Roseberry, in 1878.

1878 - 1890

Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery, English, 1847 - 1929 (Mentmore Towers, Buckinghamshire, England) and Hannah de Rothschild Primrose, countess of Rosebery, English, 1851 - 1890, retained by Archibald Philip Primrose, fifth earl of Rosebery, after Hannah de Rothschild Primrose's death, 1890.

1890 - 1929

Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery, English, 1847 - 1929 (Mentmore Towers, Buckinghamshire, England), by inheritance to his son, (Albert) Harry Primrose, sixth earl of Rosebery.

1929 - 1964

Harry Primrose, 6th Earl of Rosebery, English, 1882 - 1974 (Mentmore Towers, Buckinghamshire, England) [sold, Tapestries, Works of Art, and Highly Important French Furniture, Sotheby's, London, April 17, 1964, lot 25, to Claude Sère]
Note: Images for lots 24 and 25 are reversed in the catalogue.

1964 -

Claude Sère, French, died 2012 (Paris, France), sold to a private dealer.
Source: Correspondence with Claude Sère, November 20, 1984, stating he purchased the pair of candelabra at the 1964 Sotheby's sale and then sold them to a French dealer. Correspondence in the Department of Sculpture and Decorative Arts, J. Paul Getty Museum.

late 1960s
- 1971

Frank Partridge & Sons, Ltd., Founded 1902 (London, England), sold through French & Company Inc. to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1971.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Three French Reigns (Louis XIV, XV & XVI) Loan Exhibition in Aid of the Royal Northern Hospital (February 21 to April 5, 1933)
  • 25 Park Lane (London), February 21 to April 5, 1933
The J. Paul Getty Collection of French Decorative Arts (October 3, 1972 to August 31, 1973)
  • The Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit), October 3, 1972 to August 31, 1973
Bibliography
Bibliography

"French Furniture at the Exhibition of Three French Reigns, 25 Park Lane." Country Life 73, no. 1884 (February 1933), p. 206, figs. 5, 7.

Three French Reigns (Louis XIV, XV, & XVI): Loan Exhibition in Aid of the Royal Northern Hospital at 25 Park Lane, February 21st to April 5th (Inclusive) 1933, exh. cat. (London: Battley Bros., 1933), vol. 1, p. 67, no. 485; vol. 2, p. 124, ill.

Wilson, Gillian. Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1977), p. 89, no. 116 (only .1 ill.).

Fredericksen, Burton B., Jiří Frel, and Gillian Wilson. Guidebook: The J. Paul Getty Museum. 4th ed. Sandra Morgan, ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1978), p. 120.

Fredericksen, Burton B., Jiří Frel, and Gillian Wilson. The J. Paul Getty Museum Guidebook. 5th ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1980), p. 119.

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Bourne, Jonathan, and Vanessa Brett. Lighting in the Domestic Interior: Renaissance to Art Nouveau (London: Sotheby's, 1991), p. 101, fig. 321.

Bremer-David, Charissa, et al. Decorative Arts: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue of the Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1993), p. 97, no. 155.

Wilson, Gillian, and Catherine Hess. Summary Catalogue of European Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 79, no. 157.

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