These bronze gingko leaf candlesticks inspired by the naturalistic designs of the Art Nouveau period are by Marc Bankowsky. Originally conceived for the restaurant of famed French restauranteur Pierre Gognaire, they proved popular enough that they are now offered to a wider audience. The focal point are the 2 leaves of the gingko. The top of the leaves are scored, the undersides are smooth. The candles are supported by a wonderful spiraling detail at the center of each leaf. Naturalistically cast, with the high areas polished, these candlesticks are hand signed by the artist (see image #10) as well as his cipher that is in the mold.
Currently there are 3 pair available and the collection of 6 would make an impressive statement on a large table. Offered for less as we were able to acquire these on the secondary market, here’s your chance!
Online Bio (artsy):
“Designer and decorator Marc Bankowsky creates furniture and accessories using materials including metal, plaster, resin, and lambswool. Often inspired by the natural world, Bankowksy has produced candlestick-holders and sconces in the form of flowers and leaves, and bronze table legs that replicate plants and vines. He has also created plaster screens and plinths that appear to be composed of swaths of draped fabric, and bronze-legged stools upholstered in Mongolian lamb. Major commissions have included a custom-designed set of furniture for the Christian Dior boutique in Paris, and accessories for the restaurateur Pierre Gagnaire.”