French or Russian, brass pair Empire candlesticks with traces of silver and gilding in the underneath side of the base, original bobeches, circa 1820, 10.5” tall, 5.0” diameter
The Empire style takes its name from the period of the First French Empire, 1804-1814. The style is a continuation of neo-classicism, popular in the second half of the 18th century. From its origins in France, it spread across Europe. In the decorative arts, the style was characterized by the opulence of Imperial Rome, and influenced by the Napoleonic leadership and the idealizing of the French State. In architecture, the Arc de Triomphe and La Madeleine epitomize the style. In furniture, the use of ormolu was very prevalent, as was the use of gilding and bronze.