This early eighteenth century bronze candelabrum is one of a pair (see HC.F.1927.148.[LD]). A nearly nude satyr is represented kneeling on a gilt-bronze flower-strewn rocky ground and holding in each hand a gilt-bronze cornucopia which forms the candle nozzle. He has an ivy diadem in his hair, and a gilt-bronze mantle loosely falls from his proper right shoulder, down his back, and across his upper left leg, which is fashioned as a goat’s leg with cloven hoof. The sculpture rests on an associated gilt-bronze base (the gilded bronze is different in tone and quality from the gilded bronze of the sculpture) that appears to be of nineteenth-century manufacture in the Rococo style, having foliate scrolls over an open-work circular plinth.
A very similar candelabrum (without the base) was offered for sale by Sotheby's, London, on June 24, 1988, lot 66: “A Fine Pair of Late Louis XIV Bronze and Gilt-Bronze Candelabra, early 18th Century.” The figure differs from the Dumbarton Oaks sculpture only in the position of the proper left arm, which is lower. In the auction catalogue it was noted that “a very similar pair of candelabra, with gilt-bronze and ebonized plinths, was sold by Messrs Couturier, Nicolay, Delorme, Paris, 17th June 1986.”
Catalogue, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, May 16, 1927, no. 66, p. 30, pl. 66.
"Seldom Seen," Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C., April 21, 2014.
Collection of Edward M. Hodgkins, London, until 1927.
Purchased from the Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, by Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss, 5/16/1927.
Collection of Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss, Washington, D.C., 5/16/1927-11/29/1940.
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, House Collection, Washington, D.C.