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Rare Pair of Early 18th Century Louis XV Bell Metal Candlesticks, France
Rare Pair of Early 18th Century Louis XV Bell Metal Candlesticks, France Circa 1710
A very handsome and rare pair of early 18th century Louis XV bell metal candlesticks, both showing flaring stems with cushioned & faceted knops terminating to octagonal panelled nozzles, rising from welled and stepped octagonal bases. Height, 8.75”.
Both exhibiting an exceptional warm pinkish hue as a result of the higher ratio of copper used in their composition, making these fine examples more closely associated with being a form of bronze versus that of brass. And as the name suggests, because of its high quality, bell metal was used in the casting of bells, as well as in casting items such as candlesticks and in some instances cannons.