After research, we have seen similar candelabras/candlesticks with the manufacturers name of Auguste Maximilien Delafontaine "A.D." These have the same characteristics. The design is based on artifacts found in the ancient city of Pompeii. They are very finely detailed, very crisp 5 candles on each one with detachable rings surrounding the cups, with acanthus leaf designs and winged Lion masks, 3 on each candelabra with bronze roping in the lion's mouth, a fluted columns resting on a platform that terminates in animal legs with hooved feet. Measures 15" high by 8" wide. Twenty years ago, I had seen an identical pair at the MMA though they were twice the height. Also at a photograph of Paloma Picasso home, on her mantle. an identical pair though slightly larger.. The bronze foundry of the Delafontaine was begun by Jean Baptiste Dela Fontaine, born 1750 and then his son Pierre Maximilien 1774- 1860 and then Auguste Maximilian & then Henri Maximilien.. I think these date to approximately ca. 1860. In excellent condition=perfect. The color is slightly darker than in some of the photographs ( #1 is accurate) and these are extremely heavy..
Item ID: PJ 703
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