Heavenly Candleholders

The Metal Sculptures of Exuvare Jolimeau

Banging and clanging are the sounds one hears in the village of Croix des Bouquets. It’s the music of chisels and mallets pounding against sheets of raw metal that ultimately will be transformed into spectacular, yet haunting (or heavenly) iron sculptures.
Croix des Bouquets metalwork was brought to the public’s attention during the 1950s when the American painter DeWitt Peters befriended metalsmith George Litaud. Peters founded the Port-au-Prince Centre d’Art in the mid-1940s and with his support of Haitian craftspeople he opened markets for their work both locally and internationally.
Liautaud’s work was mainly iron crosses with lovely embellishments that marked graves. It was this detailing that caught Peters’ eye and he encouraged Liataud to create more objects that were inspired by daily life and Vodou. The result was a burst of activity from other metalworkers in the village. Since that period, Croix des Bouquet is recognized for its metal sculptures and now employs dozens of artisans in forty metal workshops across the town.
Exuvare Jolimeau, like many of the metal sculpturers in Croix des Bouquets, was inspired by Liautaud. He sells his work to several of importers who bring Haitian art to the United States, and can be found in online shops like 12 Small Things by HAND/EYE.
The holiday season is the perfect time to have the house aglow with the romantic and soft lighting of candlelight, and thanks to the metal mastery of the artisans in Crix des Bouquets, the heavenly votive candleholders add the perfect and divine decorative touch to a table or mantelpiece.
Each angel is hand-chiseled from sheet metal using the time-honored Croix des Bouquets techniques. The angel’s wings are covered in metal-leaf, adorned with a repousse' necklace, and then lacquered. The medium angel measures six and one half inches in height and has a six inch wingspan. The large angel is over nine inches tall and with a wingspan of eight inches, and there’s a tiny angel that serves a place card holder.
To purchase these heavenly angel candleholders, please visit www.handeyeshop.com.



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