28 November 2005
These candelabra are a fine example of Empire style and were executed around 1820. They are modelled on French bronze objects, which was typical for the St. Petersburg decorative bronze workshops of that time.
A fashion for French decorative objects started after the war of 1812 when the first examples were brought to Russia by the army. In Russia the style underwent some transformation and acquired a local flavour.
Mrs. A.G Geyko, Head of Bronze Department, Hermitage Museum, assisted in cataloguing this item.
Notes on symbols:
* Indicates 5% Import Duty Charge applies.
Ω Indicates 20% Import Duty Charge applies.
§ Indicates Artist's Resale Right applies.
† Indicates Standard VAT scheme applies, and the rate of 20% VAT will be charged on both hammer price and premium.