Polychrome-decorated Figural Candlestick
Polychrome-decorated Figural Candlestick
Polychrome-decorated Figural Candlestick
Polychrome-decorated Figural Candlestick
Polychrome-decorated Figural Candlestick

Polychrome-decorated Figural Candlestick

c. 1720 to 1740 England

Offered by Thomas Coulborn & Sons

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A rare carved wooden candlestick, modelled as a gentleman wearing a peaked hat, a green coat with gold buttons and knee-length breeches over a high-necked shirt, white stockings, and a pair of black shoes fastened with buckles. His left arm is crooked, his hand placed on his hip, whilst his right arm is extended and fitted with a turned and painted candle socket, fixed with an iron spike. All set on an edge-moulded square base, primed with gesso, then painted.

Possibly used as a trade symbol or a countertop figure to promote a business – perhaps a candlemaker’s – in which case it may have been commissioned by a business owner from a craftsman. Later, in the 1800s, such figurines, often depicting American Indians, were used by tobacconists or cigar stores in America.

A related carved and painted figure, carrying a gun with working flintlock mechanism from a gunsmith’s, is illustrated in James Ayres’s ‘British Folk Art’ (Carter Nash Cameron Limited, 1977), p.16.
Dimensions
Height 38.00 cm (14.96 inches)
Width 16.50 cm (6.50 inches)
Depth 17.75 cm (6.99 inches)
Stock Code
6338
Medium
Wood, gesso, paint.
Thomas Coulborn & Sons

Thomas Coulborn & Sons
Vesey Manor
64 Birmingham Road
Sutton Coldfield
West Midlands
B72 1QP
England

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