This wonderful pair of lion candle holders come from the faience factory of Saint-Clement, France, in the later half of the 19th century. They are considered rampant guardant, meaning that they are depicted rearing up on their hind legs (rampant) with the body sideways and the face toward the viewer (guardant). Their paws are holding stylized stone turrets that function as a place to insert candles.
The factory in Saint-Clement was formed in 1758 by Jacques Chambrette. Chambrette already owned a factory in the nearby town of Luneville, located in the Lorraine region. However, at this time, Lorraine was an independent state and goods imported from here were taxed heavily. To circumvent the duty, Chambrette established the Saint-Clement factory, which was inside French territory. Production continues to this day at the Saint-Clement location.
Galle was a highly successful French artist who worked with furniture, faience, and other decorative items. However, it was his work with glass for which he became famous. His name would later become synonymous with art glass in the Art Nouveau style. These faience lions seen here can be used as candle holders or simply as decorative pieces. They are highly collectible and you can place them just about anywhere in the house, such as on top of a mantel or flanking either side of a console.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with recent professional restoration to one turret. Old hairline crack visible but in strong condition. Wear commensurate to age and use.