Candelabrum with Figures of Juno, Minerva, and Venus; Chimeras; the Three Graces
model ca. 1840, cast post-1875
36 x 16 1/8 x 36 1/2 inches (915 x 410 x 927 mm.)
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1908
Barye originally designed this candelabrum in 1840 as part of a chimney mantel decoration commissioned by the duke of Montpensier, the youngest son of the French king Louis-Philippe (r. 1830–48). The graceful composition and alluring figures rendered it a success; multiple casts were subsequently made for the market.