A rare pair of mid-17th century brass trumpet-based candlesticks, with later slide ejectors probably inserted in the early 18th century, English
Lot 228
A rare pair of mid-17th century brass trumpet-based candlesticks, with later slide ejectors probably inserted in the early 18th century, English
£8,000 - 12,000
US$ 13,000 - 20,000

Lot Details
A rare pair of mid-17th century brass trumpet-based candlesticks, with later slide ejectors probably inserted in the early 18th century, English A rare pair of mid-17th century brass trumpet-based candlesticks, with later slide ejectors probably inserted in the early 18th century, English A rare pair of mid-17th century brass trumpet-based candlesticks, with later slide ejectors probably inserted in the early 18th century, English
A rare pair of mid-17th century brass trumpet-based candlesticks, with later slide ejectors probably inserted in the early 18th century, English
Each having a straight-sided cast stem with flared flange and medial band, both fitted with a later iron slide ejector with iron disc thumbpiece, set into a dished wide drip tray, on a broad trumpet base, one with ink number 637 to underside of base, the other with later scratched initials CB, both with a base diameter of 16cm (6in); one 21.5cm high the other 22cm high, (2)

Footnotes

  • This pair of candlesticks is illustrated R. F. Michaelis, Old Domestic Base-Metal Candlesticks (1978), p. 131, Figure 188, where the author, discussing the history of the lateral slide ejector, illustrates these candlesticks, circa 1650, as an example of its early use.

    However, given that one of these candlesticks has the slot for the slide ejector punched right through its decorative band (the other stops just below it) suggests that the ejectors were probably a later addition, inserted when this method of ejection became more common in the early 18th century.

    This model of trumpet-based stick, with the single medial band to the upper stem, appears to have been particularly prone to modification of this kind, and a number of other examples exist.

    See, for instance, a 7in high example, whose medial band has also been breached by the slot for the ejector, 'which may be a later addition', illustrated R. Gentle & R. Feild, Domestic Metalwork 1640 - 1820 (1998), p. 122, Figure 10. See, for instance, a larger 12in high brass trumpet-based candlestick of the same design, and with a very similar ejector, in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum [1627-1903]. Another pair, dated 1702, with later ejector apertures in their stems, is illustrated E. Koldeweij, The English Candlestick 1425 - 1925 (2001), p. 50, Cat. 12.

    A rare example of a modified trumpet-based stick with a ribbed stem is illustrated C. Bangs, The Lear Collection (1995), No. 113. In the accompanying text, pp. 140 - 141, the author notes that 'the question as to whether the slide-ejector arrangements found on examples of various style within this group are the originals cannot, as yet, be answered conclusively. Certain specimens have more of an appearance of being later modifications than others. The slit does not look well on this particular form of trumpet because of its corrugations but there is no reason why, if ejectors were original fittings to any of this group, they should not occur on all types. Unfortunately, due to the wear from use, it is impossible to make any judgement as to whether the aperture was produced in the casting or cut in afterwards. This may be of no significance any way since, even if they are original, the maker might well have found it easier to cast the complete shaft and file the aperture.'

    At present, the general consensus appears to be that such modifications are later additions.
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