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".
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.