A pair of French gilt bronze candlesticks of exceptional quality. They have been attributed to Etienne Martincourt, who was one of the most important bronze casters of the 18th Century in Europe. There are traces to the base of each of a wax seal, suggesting they were part of an important collection. . .
c.1780’s. . .
Provenance: Private Collection
Literature: Christies, King Street, London
Measure: 31cm tall
Stock Code: MP
Etienne Martincourt (- 1791)
Scholars know little about the life of Étienne Martincourt. Like many other bronze casters, he worked on the Right Bank of Paris, north of the Louvre, in a quarter that had been home to many bronze workers since the Middle Ages. After becoming a master in 1762, he was admitted to the Académie de Saint-Luc, a guild of decorative painters and sculptors. Membership in the guild of bronze casters and the Académie allowed Martincourt to design as well as to produce objects in gilt bronze. To do so without this dual membership would have brought stiff penalties from the guilds. His work is to be found in museums and private collections throughout the world.