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Pair of Antique Napoleon III Champleve Bougeoirs (Candlesticks)
These gilded beauties come from the decadent era of gilt and opulence. They date from 1850 and originate from France.
The flamboyant gothic design elements are reminiscent of a cathedral. The top spire features a shell-shaped inset of beautiful champleve enamel. French blue, white, green, navy, yellow and crimson enamel form a floral motif. The "arms" have urn shapes which sit atop flat decoratively framed platters. The cathedral inspired design continues downward with two fancy supporting columns flanking a central champleve column. French blue, crimson, yellow, green and white enamel for a floral design. The base has a lovely top frame of flowers within circles. There is a fine champleve panel at the bottom center with a design of flowers and leaves in the same colors as above. There are four little upturned feet with rosettes above. Even the very bottom edge is ornamented with little golden round studs.
The back of each bougeoir repeats the same shapes, without the champleve inlay. Each piece measures:13 1/2" tall, 4" square at the base, 9" wide across "arms". They are in good and sound condition with no visible missing elements to the champleve design. They can be polished to complete brilliance, we chose to leave them with their original patina earned with age and let the final owner choose to polish or not. They are heavy, weighing three and one half pounds each.
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