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Pair of Ormolu Naturalist Candlesticks in Auguste Cain Style

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Pair of gilt bronze antique candle holders with mythological and animal decoration in Auguste Cain style (1821-1894). Napoleon III period.

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Pair of gilt bronze three-light candelabra lamps topped by Dionysus (Bacchus for the Romans) and a Maenad (Bacchante for the Romans).

Dionysus is represented wearing the skin of a fawn he holds in one hand and the other the thyrsus, its main attribute. The Maenad in an active position, twirling her hands on her chest, refer to Bacchanalia. They were held in honor of Dionysus-Bacchus, god of wine, drunkenness and sexual misbehavior in Greek and Roman mythology. Each antique candle holder has a drum decorated with a snail and a shrew in "haut-relief". The circular base with three legs is surmounted by three crickets and decorated with ivy and berries.

Circa :1860
Dim: W: 7,5 in - D: 7,5in - H: 19,7in.
Dim: L:19cm, P:19cm, H:50cm.

Condition Report

In very good general condition, with light wear consistent with age and use.


The theme of Bacchanalia is coherent with naturalism. At the end of the 19th century, the taste for realism with sculptors like Antoine-Louis Barye, Auguste Cain and Pierre-Jules Mène took place in decorative arts. Auguste Caïn (1821-1894) was a noted French sculptor in the Animaliers school, student of François Rude, known for his realistic portrayals of wild and domesticated animals. He exhibit his bronze animal sculpture in the Salon between 1846 and 1888.

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