Pair of Singerie Ormolu Candlesticks

modelled as monkeys standing on elaborate rococo bases and holding bunches of foliage issuing the leaf-cast candle nozzles. Signed F.P to the base

Height 20.5 cm (8 inches)
Width 11 cm (4.25 inches)
Depth 7.5 cm (3 inches)
French. Mid 19th Century

The form of the present pair of candlesticks is unusual in that singerie candlesticks are typically in the form of monkeys as servants holding the candle nozzles outstretched on trays rather  than aloft, as they are here. The signature F.P requires further research. These candlesticks are in rococo revival style, and singerie was, indeed, popular in rococo France, where monkeys were seen. as mischievous creatures and often shown in human dress – Madame de Pompadour had a great singerie room at her Château of Champs, and there are two fine examples at the Château de Chantilly

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