ANTIQUE 19thC FRENCH SOLID SILVER PAIR OF FIGURAL CANDLESTICKS, DEBAIN c. Antique 19th Century French solid silver candlesticks, exceptionally large and heavy gauge, each on shaped-quatrefoil base and embellished with shells and leaves, the cast supporting figures depicting the Goddess Demeter, the Olympian goddess of the harvest and agriculture, presiding over grains and the fertility of the earth, dressed in robes and holding a plentiful cornucopia in one hand and an two handled urn resting on her head. The tops of the candlesticks are with detachable nozzles.Alphonse Debain was a French silversmith, originating from a family of hereditary silver and gold makers. He produced exquisite tea sets and tableware of the finest quality. The first Debain hallmark was registered by Debain's grandfather, François-Alphonse Debain in 1847 who was active until 1867 and produced mainly tea sets, candlesticks and snuff boxes.
Alphonse Debain's father, Alphonse-Édouard continued the family business. In 1864, he registered a firm, called "Debain & Flamant" in cooperation with a prominent silver maker Louis-Frédéric Flamant. In 1883, Alphonse Debain succeeded his father and grandfather. He established a registered partnership with a goldsmith Philippe Berthier. Both under the firm's and his own mark he manufactured splendid items of precious metals, that are still used and appreciated all over the world.Debain's craftsmanship was on display at the Universal Exhibition of 1889 in Paris, winning a gold medal. The next year, he joined the jury committee of the same competition. The Universal Exhibition in Glasgow in 1901 and the French Decorative Art Exhibition in Copenhagen in 1909 were among other remarkable exhibitions where Debain's pieces were presented and gained notorious appreciation from some of the world's most famous art connoisseurs. Debain worked mostly in the French Empire style. Along with Jean Baptiste Claude, one of La Maison Odiot masters, also recognised for his spectacular empire pieces, he was one of Europe's most iconic silversmiths of that time.
Elegant in their simplicity, exceptional silver items created by Alphonse Dubain remain valuable and desirable to this day. In Great Condition - No Damage. All items are cleaned and inspected before being dispatched, we use only the best packing materials to insure your item reaches you safely and discreetly.
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