Full of life and movement, this pair of gilt bronze candelabras from Belgium (signed by Georges Van de Voorde) features four parted leaf bobeches topped by leaf cup capitals. The tallest sconce is positioned in the center of the other three, rising above a foliate stalk with realistic leaf nodes. Deeply undulating arms with twisting foliage emerge from the base of the stalk, supporting the three lower sconces, while giving a swirling appearance inspired by a crawling vine. The bulbous columns and circular bases are also enveloped in twisting leaves and vines, while both bases are signed “Van de Voorde”. Our candelabras have a vibrant gold color with some darkened areas of patina, adding to the realistic nature of the foliage.
George Van de Voorde was born in 1878 in Kortrijk, Belgium, about eight miles from the French border. Van de Voorde studied art at the Academy of Kortrijk, eventually working as a woodcarver and furniture restorer. After meeting the Belgian sculptor, Victor Rousseau, Van de Voorde switched to more creative endeavors, sculpting pieces of art using materials ranging from wood to ivory. Interestingly, Van de Voorde was an Olympian as well, competing in the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin (Summer Olympics used to have art competitions as events, until it was deemed that the artisans were professionals, and not amateurs).
CONDITION: Very good antique condition with fleabites, minor rubs, and slight age separations. Currently to be used with candles or simply as decorative pieces, but could be wired again if so desired. Each candelabra is signed on the base.