Description Barye produced decorative objects as well as figurative sculptures. His revival of the Renaissance style is illustrated by this pair of candelabra, which incorporates such classical motifs as the palmette-shaped ornaments, known as anthemia, flanked by mascarons (masks) on the bases. The three seated nude figures are the goddesses who competed in the beauty contest that resulted in the Trojan War: Minerva, identified by her owl, Juno and her peacock, and Venus with her dolphin. At the top, the three Graces dance around a finial topped by a Roman lamp. Originally, Barye's Roger and Angelica (Walters 27.173) and these candelabra formed a mantle ornament that was commissioned in about 1840 by the duke of Montpensier, the youngest son of King Louis-Philippe. The sculpture and the candelabra were subsequently cast in multiples and sold separately.
Provenance Mme Barye; William T. Walters, Baltimore, 1885, by purchase; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894, by inheritance; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Signature] Cast through from model on bases of female figural section: BARYE
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters, 1885
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