Lot 265
Georges-Alphonse-Bonifacio Monbro, called Monbro Ainé, Impressive Large Pair of Napoleon III Parcel Gilt Bronze Figural Floor Candelabra
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Paris,19th century, gilt bronze twelve light lily candelabra bouquet arranged within a torcheire, now fitted for electricity, each supported by finely cast patinated bronze female and male putto posed on a naturalistic stump base, the female marked 'MONBRO' in the casting to pruned stump.

Approximately 68 x 28 x 24 in. (male including candelabra)

In 1838, Georges-Alphonse-Bonifacio Monbro, called Monbro Ainé (1807-1884), assumed control of the French atelier founded by his father, Georges-Marie-Paul-Vital-Bonifacio Monbro (1774-1841). The firm had developed a strong reputation for creating luxury goods in various popular revival styles of the period for the European elite including cabinetry, furniture, bronzes, porcelains, tapestries, sculptures, and curiosities. The shop was located at 18, Rue Basse-du-Rempart. During Haussmann’s renovation of Paris, he had to move and set up in Rue du Helder, in the Hôtel Dudon. In 1855, he exhibited at the Exposition des Produits de l'industrie Française as well as the Exposition Universell. Monbro's prestigious register of clients included Madame la Duchesse de Berry, Louis-Philippe, the Palais de Saint-Cloud, and other Royal commissions. In 1861, the business's success at the time enabled Georges to open a second location in London at Frith Street, Soho Square. Examples of the atelier's oeuvre can be seen at the Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham, as well as the Musee D'Orsay.

Good estate condition; some rubbing to gilt, scratches and some rubbing to patina; some light white accretions to crevices; loss to some candle sleeves.

$5,000 - 10,000