Mid nineteenth century gilt bronze and enamel taper stick.
This fine quality gilt bronze taper stick was made in France in the middle of the nineteenth century. Its function was that of a desk accessory, holding a taper or small candle for melting sealing wax for letters. The beautifully modelled and cast gilt bronze cherub sits on an onyx base which in turn is mounted on a gilt bronze stand with champleve enamel decoration. The prduction of chamleve enamel involves carving the pattern out of the item to be decorated, then filling the resulting recesses with coloured enamel.
This superb gilt bronze taper stick measures 9.5cm wide, 7.3cm deep and stands 8cm high. (Measurements approximate). It is in excellent condition, showing wear appropriate to its age. It has no damage and no restoration.