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Four Light Candelabrum (one of a pair)

A work made of silver-gilt, repoussé, cast, applied and chased decoration, gilt bronze.
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  • A work made of silver-gilt, repoussé, cast, applied and chased decoration, gilt bronze.

Date:

1809/19

Artist:

Martin-Guillaume Biennais
French, 1764-1843

About this artwork

This object for the dining table is part of a vast service made for Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte’s sister Pauline on the occasion of her marriage to the Roman nobleman Camillo Borghese, Sixth Prince of Sulmona.

In the years after the French Revolution, architects and designers adopted the visual language of ancient Greece and Rome to express the new imperial order. Napoleon, hoping to promote Paris’s luxury trades, commissioned several silver dinner services as gifts to be sent abroad. The slender outlines and smooth surfaces of the objects in the Borghese service contrast with the rich decoration.

On View

European Decorative Art, Gallery 232

Artist

Martin-Guillaume Biennais (Silversmith)

Title

Four Light Candelabrum (one of a pair)

Origin

Paris

Date

1809–1819

Medium

Silver-gilt, repoussé, cast, applied and chased decoration, gilt bronze

Dimensions

H. 54.6 cm (21 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Charles V. Hickox

Reference Number

1966.98.2a-d

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