An Exceptionally Fine Example of a Rare Pair of Patinated Bronze Single Light Table or Mantle Candlesticks by Auguste Moreau, last quarter of the Nineteenth Century.
Each Candlestick of bulbous form with applied flowers and foliage and a leaning Cherub holding each neck for support, ending on an ornate socle with acanthus leaf detail on a stepped circular well veined rouge marble base.
Condition: These pieces have been professionally re-gold plated and bronze patinated. Signed Aug. Moreau.
Height: (entire) 11.5" (28.5cm). Diameter: (base) 3.75" (9.5cm).
Auguste Louis Marthurin Moreau was born in Dijon in 1834 and died in Malesherbes in 1917 being the youngest son of sculptor and painter Jean-Baptiste Moreau. He studied under his father and also with Aimé Millet, Augustin Drumont and Jean Thomas. Each of the three Moreau brothers, Hippolyte, Marthurin and Auguste, have become renowned for the quality and the beauty of their figurative work. Auguste himself is particularly known for his Art Noveau style figures with his subjects being primarily young maidens sensuously clad in a swirling diaphanous dress and usually decorated with flowers and birds or allegorical and genre scenes incorporating cupids and young children. His style was realistic and graceful, revealing his relation to the other members of the Moreau family. His compositions encapsulate a feeling of innocence whilst incorporating an air of mischievous game. In 1861 Auguste made his debut at the Salon where he would exhibit regularly until 1913.