Brass Trumpet-based Ribbed Candlestick
Brass Trumpet-based Ribbed Candlestick

Brass Trumpet-based Ribbed Candlestick

c. 1660 England

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A ‘trumpet’ shaped candlestick, with a ribbed or ‘corded’ decoration on the upper stem which continues below the mid drip-pan to the base with a narrow flange. Gentle and Feild note that: ‘[t]his accentuated decoration came in after the Restoration as a reaction to Puritan severity’ (Rupert Gentle and Rachael Feild, 'Domestic Metalwork 1640-1820' (Antique Collectors’ Club, 1994), p.124). The nozzle is surrounded with a projecting rim. The ridges on the candlestick stem served as finger grips and acted as barriers to dripping tallow. Ribs were also used to strengthen the stem.

From the 14th to the 17th Century, brass candlesticks were the most common form of lighting in affluent households. Candlestick designs changed according to fashion as well as for practical purposes. In the 17th Century they were made with wide spreading bases, as in this instance, for stability and had centrally-placed drip pans to catch the wax or fat.

Trumpet candlesticks were predominantly made in England in brass, pewter, silver and earthenware and can be dated to the years 1650-1680. For a comparative brass trumpet candlestick with a ribbed, or ‘corded’, stem and base and dated 1650-80 see the adjacent image with the green background, illustrated in Eloy Koldeweij’s 'The English Candlestick 1425-1925', Christie’s, 2001, cat. 20, p.54. Other similar singular examples are illustrated in Eloy Koldeweij, 'The English Candlestick 1425-1925', Christie’s, 2001, cat. 17-21.
A similar candlestick is illustrated in John Caspall, 'Making Fire & Light in the home pre-1820' (Antique Collectors’ Club, 2000), p. 95, Figure 176.

See Christopher Bangs, 'The Lear Collection: A Study of Copper-Alloy Socket Candlesticks, A.D.200-1700' (King's Hill Publications, 1995), p. 317, No. 112, for a similar example stamped to the drip-pan with a touchmark of the initials 'CA' within a lozenge. The explanatory text [ibid., p. 140] notes that: 'At least eight candlesticks of this form and bearing this mark have survived. The mark has also been found on two small pairs of cast brass firedogs of the disc-terminal form known to have been popular from the middle of the 18th century, on one warming-pan of similar date and on two "porringer" chambersticks.'

A very similar pair of British turned brass candlesticks, dated 1640, are housed in the V&A’s collection (Museum number: 389-1906).

A similar pair of ‘trumpet’ candlesticks with a ring or rib decoration, dated c.1660-65, are illustrated in Rupert Gentle and Rachael Feild’s 'Domestic Metalwork 1640-1820' (Antique Collectors’ Club, 1994), fig. 14, p.124.
Height 15.00 cm (5.91 inches)
Width 10.25 cm (4.04 inches)
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Thomas Coulborn & Sons

Thomas Coulborn & Sons
Vesey Manor
64 Birmingham Road
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
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