Pair of Empire bronze and gilt candelabra, three urns cantered by a ring, on turned column and three foliate mounted lion's legs and paw feet, applied with snake, anthemion and foliate mounts and on triangular bases. Height 64 cm
bronze. An alloy of copper and tin, traditionally in the proportions of about 9 parts of copper to 1 part of tin.
The discovery of bronze in Western Asia in the 4th century enabled people to create metal objects which were superior to those previoulsy possible because of its strength and hardness, and it has been used throughout the world for weapons, coins, tools, statuary and other decorative items.
It is very fluid in a molten state, and its hardness, strength when set, and non-corrosive properties makes it most suitable for casting sculpture.
anthemion. A calissical decorative motif used in the decoration of ceramics, silver, textiles and furniture, based loosely on the acanthus leaf and sometimes used with the palmette, from which it is often difficult to distinguish. The form of the palmette varies from ornate to simplistic.
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