Rare base metal socket candlestick; cast and turned shaft peened under the cast and turned, domed and dished base which was strengthened during working life with solder. The shaft style relates to Nuremberg candlesticks of the period yet the base is atypical; similar to Northwestern European drum bases and Islamic candlestick bases. Venice was the crossroad of the Middle East and the west, amalgamations of design typically evolved. This may be one of those hybrids. (Minor dings, vestiges of time suffered over the centuries, else fine and original; H: 7.25")
Material: Beech, birch, and pine; wrought and sheet iron
Condition: Excellent, fissure to foot strengthened early in working life with small wood
peg. A rosewood nail was used to guarantee the integrity of a similar shrinkage fissure
in the top of one stand by piercing the side. The stands display well on tabletop or floor.
Additional Information: The octagonal top having a chamfered underside raised on
carved post resting on cruciform base featuring down sloping scalloped shoe feet. The
pricket within wrought iron collar is attached to a conforming sheet iron drip-pan and is
attached to top via rosehead nails.
Condition: Displays well, great patina; a quarter-inch hole caused be wear too upper
element; a 1/16 inch by 1-inch loss to edge of drip pan. Portions of brass
have worn/torn where foot meats base…however unfortunate the stick,
remains attractive and worthy.
Additional Information: Typical high quality, thin brass Nuremberg candlestick of the
seventeenth century with unusual engraving. The socket with thin bobeche over an egg-
shaped upper element tapers to a small diameter where it joins the lower element, the
wide drip pan caps a complex base. Overall engraving is of better quality than most of
the Nuremberg candlesticks of the seventeenth century that were probably engraved
locally. This one may have been shipped to Venice to be engraved as discussed
in Christopher Bangs; The Lear Collection A Study of Copper Alloy Socket Candlesticks
A.D. 200 -170,0 Figure 89 page 119-120. A coat of arms is engraved on the socket for
the Locatelli family: three stars over an owl; also suggesting that this Nuremberg
candlestick was engraved in Italy. While the form is typical, it is very pleasing…the
quality of the engraving and the wonderful patina unite making this an exceptional
Gothic socket with rectangular ejection aperture on a solid stem featuring 2 ribbed
teardrop/conical devices centered by three-disc knops, domed, and dished low skirt
See No. 39 in Christopher Bangs, The Lear Collection... for a related candlestick
(Height: 11.25”, diameter of base: 7 1/8”)
The stem features a central discoid knop with simple top and bottom molding, a true
English form differentiated from Continental forms by the absence of feet (or tripod) and
aperture for candle ejection. Exceptional patina. Height: 5.75"; base diameter: 3.75"
Condition: The beautiful, lightly cast brass candlestick has, as is usually seen, some
tight cracking of the vulnerable mid to upper base due to thinness of casting. Fissures
long ago repaired from underside. Displays well.
Additional Information: German, Nuremberg, 16th century candlestick; socket, without
aperture, above a tapered corrugated baluster shaft between discoid knops, on a
shallow circular base. These Nuremberg candlesticks are among the finest brass work
of their time. Nuremberg was a major center of metalwork in the sixteenth century.
The very subtle differences between this candlestick and the one published in Bangs
book [see below] elevate this candlestick to superior design.
Note: A similar candlestick example is published within The Lear Collection: A Study of
Copper-Alloy Socket Candlesticks, A.D. 200-1700 by Christopher Bangs, 1995,
pages 106 and 273, No. 75.
Simple socket on stem raised from a round low skirted base
The stem features a finely cast, lathe finished central discoid knop with a top and bottom molding, a true English form differentiated from Continental forms by the absence of feet (or tripod) and aperture for candle ejection. The shaft stub may have been expertly peened with patina added; base is out-of-round. (6.5"x3.5")
Franco-Flemish base metal candlestick on a typical low skirt shallow circular base; featured is a robust socket having two small rectangular ejection apertures. Made in two cast and turned parts, the shaft joins at a central raised ribbed cone of base. Northwest Europe; probably made in France or the Low Countries.
Provenance: Christie's, London, The Lear Collection of Socket Candlesticks, December 15, 1998 lot 10 Literature: The Lear Collection, a Study of Copper Alloy Candlesticks A.D. 200 - 1700 by Christopher Bangs, published by King's Hill Publications, Easton, Pennsylvania 1995; number 37.(Typical light dings, minor shallow surface scratches; cracks to base; H: 8.25")
Socket with single discoid knop; transitional hollow-cast elongated vase with discoid knop beneath; drip tray features an inclined rim and conical center; lower shaft is interestingly shaped similar to a wassail bowl with pronounced lip. The spreading circular base features a flaring foot beneath the upswept pan and stepped cones. There is a small modern patch to base skirt; drip tray has a break across one-third of the diameter that was long ago repaired with soft solder. Literature: The Lear Collection, a Study of Copper-Alloy Socket Candlesticks, A.D. 200 - 1700 by Christopher Bangs; number 52, pp., 90 and 246.
This scarcely encountered form features a central tapering pricket above coarse hand-cut screw thread, (now worn) and the detachable twin-branched arm with tapering sockets; the shaft featuring two discoid-knops is flared at its base and is neatly peened underneath the domed two-stage base. (Dimensions: 11.75” H.)
Unpierced socket above long ringed baluster centered by discoid above the cone within a low base having a shallow drip pan; made in two cast and turned part, this candlestick is joined where the shaft is received by the cone at center of the base. This candlestick is typical of those made in Nuremberg in the 16th century with pale yellow brass metal, finely detailed and thinly turned and with a central iron core in the shaft whereas the brass is quite thin. The design may be compared to the best quality examples of Nuremberg metal work. This example displays the usual vestiges of time associated with the form and period; nicks and repaired cracks to base; couple of tight tears to base. Provenance: Christie's, London, The Lear Collection of Socket Candlesticks, December 15, 1998 lot 82 Literature: The Lear Collection, a Study of Copper Alloy Candlesticks A.D. 200 - 1700 by Christopher Bangs, published by King's Hill Publications, Easton, Pennsylvania 1995; number 75. (H: 10")
A nearly identical pair, the sockets with twin ejection apertures, above a socle, slightly domed and incised drip-pans are upwardly flaring; on spreading base featuring double incised concentric lines at foot. Possibly a tiny (in the making or very early) repair within one drip-pan; very small lead patch that looks like it has been in place forever, perhaps repairing casting flaw or small puncture when turned. (H: 4.75", base diameter: 4.5")
As depicted, a pair of early seamed sticks cast in two pieces; socket and stem with base continuing to first knop. Minor imperfections such as dings, essentially very good condition, attractive, and functional. (Height: 7 1/8".)
Free blown sockets above one-piece standard resting on flaring and slightly domed circular foot. Each of the bottom knops has an exact matching flat chip (otherwise fine) suggesting a flaw in the manufacturing process which may explain the lack of known similar examples; nonetheless very handsome. (H: 10.5")
The candle spike centering a stepped drip pan featuring beveled castellation above knopped stem on round stepped base raised on feet. One foot may have been repaired within base during early working period with all else perfect including sharp delineation. (H: 18.5")
An unusually large example, the socket with pierced aperture above shaft featuring elongated, ribbed pear-shaped knops and six discoid knops above drip base with conical center and flared sides. (Height: 12.25 inches; base diameter: 7 inches)
A handsome pair of sticks with deeply indented foot, tall sockets, elegant stem featuring considerable detail, and shaped drip-pans; fine condition. A nearly identical design is featured in an 18th century pattern book owned by Winterthur, see Domestic metalwork 1640 - 1820 by Rupert and Field, page 164, plate 124. Dimensions: 7.5" H.
This example standing at 4.5" features a rare octagonal nozzle featuring conforming integral molding and having double extraction holes, round-over-large, almost square piercings. The nozzle on conical flange above medial dished drip-pan on a spreading conical base on a stepped foot. (Dia. 4.75")
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