A very beautiful Pair Of Antique French Silver Candlesticks in the Empire style by D Garreau.
Each of the candlestick rest on a circular base edged with pearls and embossed with chiseled swans and floral scrolls.
The barrel of the candelabras is square and finished by four busts of woman clothed in Antique Greek clothes.
Due to the grapes framing the face of the woman, we can assumes she is Ceres the Goddess of agriculture, or even Gesthinanna the Sumerian goddess of vines.
The bobèches which are original to the candlesticks are decorated with a wreath of daisies.
These 2 Restauration Period pieces are gorgeous! An amazing way to decorate a table or a fireplace mantel.
Each piece is marked throughout with the Michael Angelo Hallmark, and D Garreau Mark, but also the Association of the Silversmiths or Jeanette Parisienne for the years 1793-1794, and the discharge Mark for large works.
The width given is the diameter of the round pedestal of the candlestick
Michael Angelo Hallmark or ‘Poinçon au Vieillard’ for Paris 1st title Silver (950/1000) 1819-1838
Jeanette Parisienne, Association of the Silversmiths Hallmark, for Paris 1793-1794 (See photo 8)
The Makers Mark is A D and A G topped by a ‘navette’ or boat.
It stands for D Garreau who registered his mark in 1817, and had taken over the workshop from Ambroise Mignerot.
His workshop was located 62 rue du Temple in Paris in the Marais Area.