MAISON MILLET: A PAIR OF LATE 19TH CENTURY FRENCH GILT BRONZE AND PORCELAIN FLORAL CANDELABRA
in the Louis XVI style, the maroon glazed baluster urn bodies with satyr mask handles hung with ribbon-tied, floral garlands, each issuing five candle branches modelled as rose stems with rose buds, raised on stiff-leaf cast socles with leaf and berry borders over re-entrant cut, white marble bases, each signed to the circular foot ‘MILLET’,
51cm high (2)
The renowned cabinet maker and bronzier Maison Millet was established at 11 Rue Jacques-Coeur, Paris by Theodore Millet in 1853. The firm specialised in ‘meubles et bronzes d’art, genre ancien et moderne’ and the present pair of gilt bronze candelabra are typical of their work, clearly demonstrating the exceptional workmanship of their craftsmen and their talent for extremely fine gilding and chasing, beautifully sculpted and modelled bronze casting, and the successful re-interpretation of the Louis XVI style. The company was very successful throughout the 19th century, winning a gold medal at the 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle, and the Grand Prix in 1900. The firm ceased trading in 1918.