12 June 2003
A PAIR OF BRONZE CANDLESTICKS
Venetian, 17th century
Each surmounted by a nozzle and drip pan, with a ballustered body decorated with acanthus leaves, putti and garlands; on a tripartite base decorated with cartouches and lion's paw feet.
Warm brown patina with lighter high points.
28 and 28½ in. (71.1 cm. and 72.4 cm.) high (2)
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A. Radcliffe, M. Baker and Michael Maek-Gérard, The Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection of Renaissance and later sculpture with works of art in bronze, London, 1992, no. 42, pp. 238-239.
Triangular based paschal candlesticks such as the present pair derive from a Venetian prototype that was created some time in the mid-16th century. While simpler in decoration, they are closely comparable in form to a pair of candlesticks in the Thyssen-Bornemisza collection datable to around 1600 (loc. cit.), which have a similar upper stem decorated with rising acanthus leaves, a bulbous central knop decorated with masks and a triangular spreading base with putti heads as finials. A further common decorative feature on so many Venetian candlesticks of the 16th to 18th centuries is the Roccataglia-esque treatment of the putti heads that incorporate the same thickly curled hair and heavy eyelids.
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