[Click here for more detail shots] Every so often something remarkable shows up at the shop. One such item arrived at the shop recently–a wonderful and rare pair of gilt bronze candelabras made in France during the Reign of Louis XVI in about 1770–and I thought you might like to take a look. Originals from this period are made like jewelry: The metal work is carefully executed, cast and chased in bronze; the white marble base is brilliant; the fasteners are handmade; the original gilding still remains brilliant; and their scale is perfect for a modern home. This model was steadily copied well into the 20th century. It is worth noting, however, that the copies never came close to mimicking the originals. One or two makers approached the quality of originals around 1900, and curiously in the case of these particular pieces, the copies will sometimes sell at higher prices than the originals from 230 years earlier. We believe this is because the newer copies are signed and have a large group of wealthy collectors that compete ferociously for the few that come to market. Copies aside, here is an exquisite example of the ornate and intricate detail of an original pair.