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Pierre Paraud

Pair of Candlesticks

Artist

Pierre Paraud
Active in Paris from 1800, died in 1815

Title

Pair of Candlesticks

Date

Between 1800 and 1809

Materials

Silver

Dimensions

.1: 28 cm (h.); 12.5 cm (diam.); .2: 28.1 cm (h); 12.5 cm (diam.)

Weight

Weight: approx. 563 g (each)

Credits

Gift of the Honourable Serge Joyal, P.C., O.C., O.Q., in honour of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts' 150th anniversary, inv. 2010.779.1-4

Collection

Decorative Arts and Design

This pair of candlesticks is a perfect illustration of the antique-inspired “Egyptomania” that enflamed artists and ornamentists alike.


Already apparent during the reign of Louis XVI, this trend informed the drawings of monuments and sculptures produced by Dominique Vivant Denon and published in his Description de l’Égypte [Description of Egypt] (1802). Denon accompanied Bonaparte on his Egyptian campaign (1798–1801), and his revelations certainly helped to transform a doomed military operation into a victory of propaganda through the lens of arts and culture.


The candlesticks are decorated with three heads adorned with the Pharaonic nemes topping a hexagonal socket adorned with incised florets. The sockets stand on three triple-clawed feet. The ensemble is attached to a circular base decorated with griffins facing scrollwork and palmettes. The bobeche, in which the candle was placed, is also decorated with palmettes.

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