An important heavy baluster-stemmed candelabrum, circa 1720
Lot 65
An important heavy baluster-stemmed candelabrum, circa 1720
Sold for £35,000 (US$ 54,768) inc. premium

Lot Details
An important heavy baluster-stemmed candelabrum, circa 1720
An important heavy baluster-stemmed candelabrum, circa 1720
With branches for three lights, the S-scroll arms supporting nozzles with saucer-like drip pans, surmounted by a spire finial of graduated knops set on a beaded ball and topped by a small acorn, the separate base also forming a candlestick with a bobbin-shaped nozzle, set on an angular knop, a large beaded knop, and a hollow drop knop, on a wide, domed terraced foot, 42.2cm high overall, the base section 21.5cm wide and 14.3cm diam at the foot (2)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    The property of Lady Margaret Thurso of Thurso, Scotland

    The celebrated four-branch candelabrum in the Victoria and Albert Museum and a very similar four-branch example in Corning Museum have both been widely illustrated, most recently by Dwight Lanmon, The Golden Age of English Glass (2011), pp.226-229. Lanmon also illustrates a third specimen with four branches, which is in the John Bryan Collection in Chicago. Only one other related, three-branch candelabrum is recorded, also in the collection of the Corning Museum of Glass, accession no.91.2.10.

    The present lot, which is previously unrecorded, adds a fifth specimen to this small group of remarkable English glass candelabra. All of these examples are constructed in two parts, the branch section slotting securely into the 'nozzle' of the heavy and wide base. These bases can also be used as single candlesticks, albeit with unusually large sockets
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