Candelabrum with Figures of Juno, Minerva, and Venus, Chimeras, and the Three Graces

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Antoine-Louis Barye
1796-1875
France, model ca. 1840, cast post-1875
Bronze.
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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Purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan in 1908 from Cottier & Co.
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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 art market.
Other pieces included the mate to the candelabrum and a bronze group depicting a scene from Ariosto's epic poem "Orlando Furioso".

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Candelabrum for nine candles. At the base of the candelabrum appear Juno, Minerva, and Venus; at the center, three chimeras; and at the top, the Three Graces.

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