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Pair Exceptionally Rare and Beautiful Christophe Fratin Gilt Bronze Candelabra c. 1850

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Pair Exceptionally Rare and Beautiful Christophe Fratin Gilt Bronze Candelabra c. 1850

SHORT DESCRIPTION
An exceptionally rare pair of large gilt bronze candelabra by Christophé Fratin
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DIMENSIONS
17.5 inches high, 8 inches diameter at top across sconces and 5 inches diameter to base.
DATED
c.1850

 
FULL DESCRIPTION
An exceptionally rare pair of large gilt bronze candelabra by Christophe Fratin and dating from c. 1850. In excellent original condition and with the wonderful detailing for which this sculptor is World renowned. The sconces formed from French horns blown by six monkeys and centred by a naturalistic sconce of twisting vines and leaves which rise from finely textured vine clad columns supporting numerous animals and birds including doves, pheasant heron, wild boar, wolf, deer and rabbits. The base encircled with grapes and vines.

Christophe Fratin is known as the greatest Animalier scultpor of the 19th Century and he exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1831 and at the Crystal Palace Great Exhibition in 1851. His important sculptures are seen in many cities around the world including the famous "Eagles and Prey" in Central Park, New York and The Russian Emporers Park in St Petersburg. His works are on permanent display in Museums in London including the Wallace Collection, in Germany, Vienna and in his native France including Le Louvre.

Fratin was born in Metz in 1801 and died in 1868 and his distinctive romanticist style consisted of textured fluid atmospheric designs of great detail and humour. He depicted animals, often bears and monkeys in imaginative anthropomorphic forms, as here with the monkeys playing French horns. He worked with three principal Parisian foundries of Susse Freres in the 1830s, by Quesnel until 1847 and by Daubire until his death. His work is stamped FRATIN with the final N always reversed and his ability to capture the life like realism of an animal in the exact moment of movement was unmatched by any artist before or since.

His works are highly regarded and strongly collected and it is rare to find large pieces of his work on the market. He produced relatively few castings during his lifetime and fewer still in gilt bronze.

Extremely heavy and beautifully cast this is an absolutely stunning and incomparable pair of candelabra.