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Antoine-Louis Barye
(French, 1796–1875)
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; AZ063
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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.

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