He painstakingly took it apart and found early french wire and indications that the center base for the candelabra had been meticulously hollowed out to make a receptacle for wire. And said that the workmanship was something you couldn't have done today and was "above his pay-grade". He replaced and rewired the piece and it is working perfectly. This candelabra was made by one of the most important Paris bronzers of the last quarter of the eighteenth century and the first decades of the following century.He then becomes the one of the appointed bronzers of the royal manufactory of Sèvres, working with the bronze decoration of most of the great creations of the time. He also works for a rich French and foreign private clientele including some of Napoleon's marshals. NO damage issues or signs or repair; some very light high point burnishing to the Bronze but sharp and crisp. I would imagine over the years the guilding has lost some of the luster but this is as found. I didn't mess with it and it has a fabulous Patina that only comes with great material, craftsmanship and time. 19' inches tall/23 to the top of the bulbs. The personification of Victory as a winged figure was well known in Antiquity as evidenced by a Roman model showing a very similar figure upon a sphere, now in the National Art Collection, Kassel illustrated ibid.
Close inspection reveals the mastery of the chasing, from the free flowing robes that subtly outline the female form, the seemingly naturalistic feathered wings to the winged zephyr masks. There is a company that hand-makes a similar lamp today but it will cost you 14,000.00 with no real historical and not as strong of an aesthetic value. Please look at the pictures as they ARE of the item you will receive. And please if you have any questions I will be more than happy to answer. The item "Antique French Princely Candelabra Pierre Philippe Thomire Gilded Patinated" is in sale since Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Architectural & Garden\Chandeliers, Sconces & Lighting Fixtures". The seller is "justgreatfinds2013" and is located in Lincoln, Nebraska. This item can be shipped to United States, Philippines, Cayman islands.