Pair of Louis XV Style Gilt-Bronze Candlestick Lamps


in the style associated with Juste-Aurele Meissonnier, with asymmetrical rococo nozzles, stems and bases cast with pseudo coats-of-arms below coronets 



Height 47 cm (18.5 inches) to top of fitting
Diameter 15 cm (6 inches)
mid 19th century

Juste-Aurèle Meissonier (1695 – 31 July 1750) was a French goldsmith, sculptor, painter, architect, and furniture designer.

He was born in Turin, but became known as a worker in Paris, where he died. His Italian origin and training were probably responsible for the extravagance of his decorative style. He shared, and perhaps distanced, the meretricious triumphs of Oppenord and Germain, since he dealt with the Rococo in its most daring and flamboyant developments.

Rarely does he leave a foot or two of undecorated space; Meissonier carried the style of his day to its extreme and thus achieved great popularity. Like the Scottish brothers Adam at a later day he not only as architect built houses, but as painter and decorator covered their internal walls; he designed the furniture and the candlesticks, the silver and the decanters for the table; he was as ready to produce a snuff-box as a watch case or a sword hilt.

With tall candle-fittings and wired with silk-braided flex