An important chandelier in “Retour d’Égypte” taste, Attributed to Benjamin Ladouèpe-Dufougerias and Manufacture de Cristaux de Montcenis. Paris circa 1806

In ormolu and patinated bronze for twelve candles.

The chandelier is centered by an amphora-shaped patinated vase, topped with a flame finial and concluded with a pinecone detail. Surrounding the vase, twelve curved and leaf-ornamented candle arms extend in tiers from four Egyptian masks. The chandelier is supported by four chains, leading to an impressive crown adorned with lion mascarons and volute decorations embellished with floral motifs.

A reference for this chandelier can be found in the collections at Versailles, located in Marie-Antoinette’s inner cabinet at the Petit Trianon.

Chandeliers from the Directoire period are relatively rare due to the limited production. However, the few that do exist are characterized by high quality. It is interesting to note that an exact model is rarely, if ever, repeated, resulting in chandeliers that share the same style but possess individual differences.

Condition: Excellent
Year: Circa 1806
H: 130 cm