A brilliantly colored champleve piece, it originates from the south of France and dates towards 1900-1910.
Champleve (enamel inlay) work was popular during the second half of the 19th century. Many decorative accessories, particularly desk pieces, were produced with a wide level of variety and shapes.
This pretty little candle holder has the shape of a large heart. The base form is of bronze. The holder stands on three curved legs. Gilded brass forms channels according to the design motif, along the entire face of the heart. The outer edge (1”) is filled by French green, French blue, rose and white enamel inlay. The center of the heart has inlay of crimson red, French blue, French green, navy and white. The swirling arabesques and floating flowers are mesmerizing in the rich channels of gilded brass. The candle holder has a flower shaped top. It mounts into the center of the heart. There is a curved handle which is just the right size to hold with one hand. It has a fine inlay of enamel and a central navy heart at the middle back.
The measurements are: 8” long, 3 1/2” wide and 3/4” tall (at heart base): 2 5/8” tall to top of candleholder: opening for candle 3/4” in diameter. It is in very good antique condition.
It is an elegant and colorful example. It is sturdy and could be used to hold and carry a handle today, as it did in the 19th century.
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French Antiques: 19th Century French Smalls: Sewing, Religious, Bronze Figures-French Books and Bindings