This model with its dragon feet is clearly inspired on early Gothic examples made in Lorraine during the second half of the 12th Century. Comparable examples can be found in Otto v. Falke and Erich Meyer, Romanische Leuchter und Gefässe giesgefässe der Gotik, Berlin 1935, ill. 18, 23, 24 and 27.
Carl Heinrich Frühling (1807-1893) was appointed Hofbaumeister by Count Otto zu Stolberg-Wernigerode. From 1862 onwards he transformed castle Wernigerode (which originated in the 12th Century and was rebuilt into a Baroque castle during the 17th Century) into a classic example of North German Historismus.
Both exterior and interior were converted by Frühling in the period between 1862 and 1893 into a well executed and detailed neo gothic ensemble, the present candle sticks formed part of the furnishing of castle Wernigerode.