French Candleholder Lamps
Add a little brightness to any space with this regal pair of candelabras! Along with their warm golden-bronze colouring and lush acanthus leaves accentuating the base of each candle holder, the sinuous lines and plentiful details of these lamps undoubtedly recall the style of Louis XIV, King of France from 1643–1715. Perhaps better known as the “Sun King,” Louis XIV believed in his absolute power and divine right to rule. His style was extremely lavish. A wonderful example of this lavishness, among many artistic and architectural commissions that may still be seen in France today, is his commission of the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles. Here too, candelabras of warm gold and bronze with sinuous lines fill the hall. For ease of use in the 21st century, however, this set of tri-stem candelabras is wired for use with electricity.
At this time in France, the French court briefly moved back from Versailles to Paris between 1715–1722. During this time, the five-year old King Louis XV (r. 1715–1774) was considered a minor and the government of France was entrusted to a regency council, presided by Philippe d’Orléans (1674–1723), also known as le Régent. The short hiatus came to an end on June 15, 1722 when King Louis XV and the royal court returned to Versailles.