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Decorative Arts

On View: 19th-Century Decorative Arts, 4th Floor

The use of ancient Egyptian motifs in these candelabra is an example of the Napoleon I Revival style popular during the third quarter of the nineteenth century. Egyptian motifs had often been incorporated into decorative art objects during the reign of Napoleon I (1804–15) as an homage to his military victories in Egypt. These candelabra were made during the reign of Napoleon III, emperor of France (1852–70) and nephew of Napoleon I. Their Egyptian motifs consciously evoke the accomplishments and arts of the time of his uncle to give credence to his own reign and to link it with the glory of France's proud past.

MEDIUM Bronze, black marble
DATES ca. 1870
DIMENSIONS 26 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 11 3/4 in. (67.3 x 29.2 x 29.8 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS no marks
SIGNATURE no signature
INSCRIPTIONS no inscriptions
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view on the 19th-Century Decorative Arts, 4th Floor
CREDIT LINE Anonymous gift
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CAPTION Candelabra, ca. 1870. Bronze, black marble, 26 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 11 3/4 in. (67.3 x 29.2 x 29.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift, 64.241.106. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, CUR.64.241.106.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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