First Standard (950/1000) Pair of Candlesticks, Gustave Odiot for Maison Odiot, Paris, 1865-1897
The birth of Maison Odiot can be traced to a generous gift from an employer to an employee. Anne Odiot received a thirteen thousand-franc dowry from her boss, Edward Colbert, for her marriage to Pierre Ourier in 1669. She, in turn, invested part of her dowry in the education of her nephews Jean-Baptiste Gaspard Odiot and Henry Gaspard Odiot to the goldsmiths' guild. Jean-Baptiste studied along side classmate Thomas Germain, the son of Louis XIV's favorite goldsmith Pierre Germain. By 1761, Jean-Baptiste Gaspard became Consul to the Court of Coins during the reign of Louis XV. When Jean-Baptiste Gaspard Odiot died six years later, his sons Jean-Claude and Pierre Jean-Baptiste Gaspard Odiot took over the business and continued their father's legacy for artistry and execution. Jean-Baptiste Claude, grandson of Jean-Baptiste Gaspard, took over the preeminent firm's helm and secured many prestigious commissions from Emperor Napolean Bonaparte and his family. The sacred scepter and sword and the Cradle of the King of Rome are two of his masterpieces. The cradle, a gift to Napolean and Empress Marie-Louise celebrating the birth of their son Napolean II, consists of wood, bronze and silver gilt.
Jean-Baptiste Claude found inspiration in the return of the Classical Greek and Egyptian motifs, and Maison Odiot led the movement in the Directoire and Empire styles. In turn, they secured important Court commissions throughout Europe and captured the attention of Thomas Jefferson. The third President designed and commissioned a coffee urn prior to the French Revolution, which is currently on view at Monticello.
Charles Nicolas Odiot (1789-1868) who excelled in the rocaille style, succeeded his father and became the purveyor by appointment to His Majesty the King Louis-Philippe and to the Royal Family of Orleans. His son, Gustave, succeeded his father and received the House of Odiot's most important commission ever: 3,000 pieces of solid gold flatware for Said Pacha, the Viceroy of Egypt. Gustave became the purveyor by appointment to the court of His Imperial Majesty the Tsar and was the last member of the Odiot family to preside of the company. Maison Odiot celebrated its 325th anniversary in 2015.
These are in exceptional condition; not weighted and retain their original bobeches.
Each 10 1/4" height, base 5 1/2" length, 5 1/2" width. 28.67 total troy ounces.