anonyme (sculpteur, bronzier)
bronze (ciselé, doré) ; marbre griotte H. 135 cm ; l. 50 cm
legs Marmottan Paul (testateur) (1932 acquis)
This impressive-looking candelabra, like its twin (not reproduced here), is fashioned like a veritable military trophy. Surmounted by a Roman legionnaire’s helmet, the shaft forms a lictor’s fasces. Two clusters with five lights emerge from each one, their arms formed by foliage and horns of plenty. At the foot of the shaft are sculptures in the round of several attributes, also associated with the army: breastplates, halberds, swords, lances, and highly wrought shields. All this rests on a large square base in griotte marble decorated with Victories, palms, and laurel wreaths in gilt bronze. A veritable leitmotif in a regime anxious to affirm its legitimacy by recalling ancient triumphs, military conquest was a theme frequently evoked by bronzesmiths during the Empire. In this respect, this candelabra can be linked with the pieces delivered to the Élysée Palace between 1805 and 1808 for Murat, notably by Antoine André Ravrio. A feu à galerie resulting from these commissions, kept at the Mobilier National, displays trophies that are extremely similar to the ones seen here.