A Pair Of French Gilt-Metal Mounted Glass Twin-Light Candelabras
Paris, Mid-20th Century
Size: 43.2 x 2 centimetres (17 inches)
Estimated price: £1,500-2,500

Created around 1840 in Auvergne, France, by Noël Baguès, the Maison Baguès specialised in liturgical (religious) bronzes. In 1880, Eugène Baguès, Noël’s son, developed the enterprise by starting production of bronze light fixtures – a change that naturally occurred following the generalisation of electricity.

Today, without sacrificing its fine traditions of workmanship, the Maison Baguès adapts the most celebrated models of its collection for the great French and international design houses in order to light some of the most spectacular hotels and boutiques such as the George V Four Seasons of Paris, the Savoy of London, the Ritz, the Royal Mansour of Marrakech, the Patek Philippe Boutique in Geneva and Cartier in Paris.

Made in Paris in the mid-20th century, the present work comprises a pair of French gilt-metal mounted glass twin-light candelabras in the style of Maison Baguès. It is easy to accept this as a stunning example of style and craftsmanship and admire the manner in which each light is modelled as a flower issuing from a bombé base, supporting two scroll arms with pendant lusters.

Christie’s Sunday Sale will take place on July 29, 2012, at Christie’s South Kensington. For further information please visit http://www.christies.com.

First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on July 22, 2012.