BARYE, Antoine-Louis

Paris 1795 - Paris 1875

Candélabre à neuf lumières, décoré de six figures, mascarons et chimères

Candelabra of Nine Lights, Candelabra with Nine Branches

modeled ca. 1840; posthumously cast (post 1875)

bronze with green over black patina

type: other

Dimensions (HxWxD): 36 58 x 16 in.

Acc. No.: 27.169

Credit Line: Acquired by William T. Walters, 1885

Photo credit: The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

© Artist : public domain


  • Mme Barye
  • 1885, Baltimore, William T. Walters, by purchase
  • 1894, Baltimore, Henry Walters, by inheritance
  • 1931, Walters Art Museum, by bequest


  • Museum's information, April 2013:
    Barye produced decorative objects as well as figurative sculptures. His revival of the Renaissance style is illustrated by this candelabra (a pair with Walters 27.168), 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, Roger and Angelica (Walters 27.173) and the 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.