Pair of Sheet-Brass Trumpet-based Candlesticks
Pair of Sheet-Brass Trumpet-based Candlesticks
Pair of Sheet-Brass Trumpet-based Candlesticks
Pair of Sheet-Brass Trumpet-based Candlesticks
Pair of Sheet-Brass Trumpet-based Candlesticks
Pair of Sheet-Brass Trumpet-based Candlesticks

Pair of Sheet-Brass Trumpet-based Candlesticks

c. 1680 Scandinavia

Offered by Thomas Coulborn & Sons


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A rare and important pair of late 17th Century brass trumpet-based candlesticks, with a ribbed or ‘corded’ decoration on the upper stem which terminates at the drip-pan. The removable candle sconces above twisted stems, the mid-drip pan with milled edge above the trumpet bases.

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.

Sheet brass with repoussé decoration, sometimes with a silver coating, was used for many Swedish candlesticks both of this period and later. This type of spiral stem probably originated in Germany, then spread to Sweden. The model was popular not only during the Baroque period but also later, and modified versions were still made in the 19th and early 20th Century. The form of the base, and the drip pan of these candlesticks, however, are not typical of Swedish candlesticks in sheet brass, which usually have repoussé decorations on the base and the drip-pan; and the top of the stem of the candlesticks is cylindrical which is unusual for Scandinavia, where they tended to be spiral turned. Neither is the turned stem seen on these examples typically Dutch. Whilst there are several Dutch candlesticks with the same base in Swedish churches, they have cluster and pillar stems. The size of the candlesticks is unusually large, but it does occur in some churches, intended for use at the altar.

Comparators (images available on request):
A pair of similar Swedish pewter candlesticks from Stockholm, dated circa 1670-75.
A Swedish candlestick, dated circa 1700, in sheet brass with a silver coating.
A pair of Swedish candlesticks, probably from Stockholm, circa 1680-1700.
Two comparable candlesticks are held in the Nordiska museet’s collection in Stockholm, Sweden. Unlike our pair, most of the similar candlesticks in the museet’s collection have punched décor. The height of the two candlesticks below are 22cm and 15.7cm, emphasising the unusual scale of our pair.

We would like to thank Magnus Green and Maria Maxén (Intendent/Curator, Stiftelsen Nordiska museet) for their assistance in cataloguing these candlesticks.
Previously at Newton Surmaville House, Somerset.
Bibliography: Garland Pass, ‘A Significant Pair of Candlesticks: with possible connections to James II’ in the Antique Metalware Society Journal, Volume 8, June 2000, pp.12-16
Jan Gadd, ‘Disc-base Candlesticks with Pillar Stems in Brass’ in the Antique Metalware Society Journal, Volume 10, June 2002, pp.29-31
Rupert Gentle and Rachael Feild, English Domestic Brass: 1680-1810 and the History of its Origins, Elek Books Ltd, 1975, p.111
Rupert Gentle and Rachael Feild’s Domestic Metalwork 1640-1820, Antique Collectors’ Club, 1994, p.129
Eloy Koldeweij, The English Candlestick 1425-1925, Christie’s, 2001, p. 46
Height 40.00 cm (15.75 inches)
Width 32.50 cm (12.80 inches)
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Thomas Coulborn & Sons

Thomas Coulborn & Sons
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