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A Fine Pair of Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Seven Light Candelabra

FRANCE, Circa 1870

REF No. B65262

The bronze stamped ‘BY’ for Beurdeley.


Height :79 cm | 43¹/₈ in
Width :43 cm | 16⁷/₈ in
Depth :43 cm | 16⁷/₈ in


A Fine Pair of Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Seven-Light Candelabra by Alfred-Emmanuel-Louis Beurdeley, after the model by François Rémond supplied for the Comte d'Artois' Turkish boudoir at Versailles.

The scrolling arabesque candle arms and corresponding sockets and drip plates are raised on a foliate cast central baluster, supported by finely cast ostrich figures. The circular base is finely cast with panels containing swags and foliate devices.

Camille Mestdagh in her book, 'L'Ameublement d'art français : 1850-1900', provides a comprehensive history of the firm of Beurdeley and their production, she illustrates an identical pair of candelabra after Rémond, by Alfred-Emmanuel-Louis Beurdeley to the present example. Mesdagh also illustrates an interesting design for an adaptation of this model by Beurdeley from 1893, which is now preserved in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, with the pair of Ostriches mounted on a tripod support.


The Beurdeley family were a flourishing dynasty of three generations of fine quality cabinetmakers working from 1818 to 1895. The firm was particularly well known for its exceptional metalwork, most commonly basing their designs on important eighteenth century examples. Their mercurial gilding and hand chasing are often of such a high standard that it is difficult to distinguish them from late eighteenth century work.

The founder of the dynasty Jean Beurdeley (1772-1853) was a Burgundian craftsman conscripted into the Napoleonic army. After hostilities ended in 1815 he settled in Paris opening a shop for curiosités and working as a latter day marchand-mercier. Initially based on the rue Saint-Honoré, in 1840 Beurdeley moved to the famous Hanover Pavilion situated on the corner of rue Louis-Legrand and boulevard des Italiens, and the business was run by his only surviving son, Louis-Auguste-Alfred (1808-1882). This successful business, which had numerous official commissions including in 1853 the marriage coffer for the Empress Eugénie, was continued by Louis' son, Alfred-Emmanuel-Louis (1847-1919).

The business continued in its traditional style with very few variations until 1895. Alfred, along with the most famous artists of the period, took part in the 1878 Paris Exposition Universelle, where he won the gold medal. Following on from this glory he went on to open a shop in New York.

His participation in the 1883 Amsterdam Universal Exhibition drew even further attention to his work, and possibly as a result he was awarded the Ordre National de la Légion d'Honneur, France's highest official mark of recognition.

The incredible quality of each generations work ranked the firm of Beurdeley as pre-eminent amongst Parisian makers of meubles de luxe.

Makers Bibliography:
Ledoux - Lebard, Denise, Les ébénistes du XIXe Siècle, Editions de L'Amateur, (Paris); 1984 pp. 75-82.
Mestdagh, Camille & Lécoules, Peter, L'Ameublement d'Art Français, 1850-1900, Editions de L'Amateur, (Paris); 2010 pp.262-276.
Meyer, Jonathan, Great Exhibitions - London, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, 1851-1900, Antique Collectors' Club, (Woodbridge, UK) 1984 ; pps. 175, 247, 269, 270, 290, 298.


Verlet, Pierre. Les Bronzes Dorés Français du XVIIIe siècle, Picard, (Paris), 1987; p. 103, pl. 119.

Van Der Kemp, Gerald. Versailles, Park Lane, (New York), 1989; pp. 99-101.

Mestdagh, Camille & Lécoules, Pierre. L'Ameublement d'Art Français, 1850-1900, Les Editions de L'Amateur, (Paris), 2010; p.243. fig. 285, p. 24-25, p.262-276; fig. 19, 20.

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A Fine Pair of Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Seven Light Candelabra

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