Lighting, Candlesticks, Matching Pair, Low Bell Bases, Robust Baluster Stems

Probably Dutch

Lighting, Candlesticks, Matching Pair, Low Bell Bases, Robust Baluster Stems, Image 1

Matching pair... The design originated in Spain, and it is thought that other countries, especially Holland, adopted the form. The Dutch candlesticks are of better quality than those made in Spain. A still life by Hendrick Andriessen who died in 1655 shows a related candlestick and is shown on page 105 in Old Domestic Base-Metal Candlesticks by Ronald F. Michaelis. This pair of candlesticks appears to be a later version of the one in the painting.

The candlesticks have a broad, hollow base with a shallow depression on the upper aspect to catch the candle grease as it dripped. The broad base affords a stability to the candlestick, and some have suggested that this was important on ships, though the form was not made specifically for shipboard use. The shaft is one of the typical forms with a ring above a baluster, above a large downward tapering barrel form. This is a two-part casting, shaft, and base, joined by screw.

Date: 1650-1750

Measurement: Height: 9"; base diameter: 6"

Material: Copper alloy

Condition: Excellent condition [typical dings] The sockets originally featured a round aperture on one side facilitating wax removal, a little later in the sticks early working life the piercing was enlarged making wax removal easier... a common practice.


SKU: 327-26

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