A Rare Pair of Turned lignum Vitae Wood Candlesticks

A Rare Pair of Turned lignum Vitae Wood Candlesticks

1700 to 1800 England

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A Rare Pair of Turned lignum Vitae Wood Candlesticks
Circa 1760
Size : 20 cm high – 8 ins high
The first reference to the use of Lignum in turnery occurs in an inventory of 1605 ‘2 paire of black lignu vite bowlles’. Another occurs in Samuel Pepys’ diary on Nov. 21 st 1660 ; ‘this morning my cozen , Thomas Pepys , the turner sent me a cup of lignum vitae for a token .’
Lignum vitae is impermeable to liquids and was thought to have valuable curative qualities which passed into the drink or mixture compounded in it . It therefore became the wood for turning drinking bowls , goblets , mortars and pestle etc. A Pair of turned lignum vitae candlesticks are thus very rare .
Provenance : Ex London Private collection
See : Finch and Co catalogue no. 3 , item no. 3 for a Lignum Vitae mortar and pestle
Dimensions
Height 20.00 cm (7.87 inches)
Medium
lignum Vitae Wood
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