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Here is a beautiful pair of referenced candelabra that is one of my favorites.

The symbolism of victory, magnificently represented by the goddess Nicke, daughter of the titan Pallas and the Styx (the river crossing the underworld), wings fully spread, standing on one foot as if to soar, carried by her triumph. We guess a breath of air in her long dress giving the idea of movement. These two open arms boldly hold two stylized cornucopias, intertwined in each of the hands, and simulating the arms of light.

The remarkable finesse of the execution of this female figure whose face, hair, wings and dress bear witness to the hand of a master founder and chaser.

I invite you to look at the details to discover a work of extreme precision wherever it will linger.

This model is identical to the one kept at the Marmottan museum (Ledoux-Lebard).

Another identical pair is in the library of the Cornudet hotel.


Each candelabra is signed Rabiat under the base.

Claude François Rabiat became master in 1778 and set up his workshop at 41 rue Beaubourg. One of the great remarkable bronziers of his time, Rabiat maintained regular commercial links with other bronziers including Thomire, Feuchère and Galle to whom he supplied numerous pieces during the imperial period.


Very often attributed to Pierre-Philippe Thomire, like most of Rabiat's works. The reason is simple: the acquisition by Thomire of various business assets, the main one of which was Lignereux, he developed his activity as a haberdashery.

Faced with increased orders from his French and foreign customers, he had to call on other very talented bronzers, the main one being Claude François Rabiat. This strong commercial link between the two bronziers certainly deprived Rabiat of a very great notoriety.

Moreover, the pair of candelabra that I am offering you today was registered as sold and delivered by the house Thomire in the inventories of the Garde Meuble.

Indeed, let us also take for example the three pairs of candelabra delivered in 1810 by Thomire for the Château de Fontainebleau, all signed by Rabiat.


Even if this referenced model is known, it is only very rarely found for sale.

To my knowledge, this is the only pair currently available.


An identical pair was sold a few years ago during the Pierre Bergé sale on July 3, 2016, lot 49.


As you can see, this pair of candelabra is in a very good state of conservation.

And as usual, I offer it to you at a reasonable price compared to its estimate.


Empire period.


Literature :

- "Rabiat supplier of the great bronziers and merchants of the imperial era" Denise Ledoux-Lebard, the Stamp the Object of Art, April 1991.

- "The Empire Style, architecture and interior decoration", Paul Marmottan, volume 4 plate 17.  F. Contet, Art editions.


- "Thomire, founder, chaser, his life-his work" Juliette Niclausse, Éditions Gründ, April 15, 1947.

Thomire / Rabiat: large pair of candelabra signed from the Empire period.


    Height: 64cm

    Width: 33cm

    Base: 13.5 x13.5 cm


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