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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.
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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