Candlesticks in delftware derived from contemporary metalwork prototypes with variations in the design of drip-pans, bases and nozzles. The present example with its flat drip-pan and wide flared foot is similar to the metalwork examples from the mid-17th century. The earliest known and the only-dated delftware example is dated 1648 and painted with the arms of the Worshipful Company of the Fishmongers, and is illustrated by Michael Archer, Delftware, The Tin-glazed Earthenware of the British Isles, London, 1997, cat. no. p. 327, G. 3.
Other published examples of delftware candlesticks related to the present example include a fluted and reticulated white example illustrated in Fair as China Dishes, English Delftware from the Collection of Mrs. Marion Morgan and Brian Morgan, Washington D.C., 1977, p. 32, cat. no. 13; four variously-decorated examples in Leslie B. Grigsby, The Longridge Collection of English Slipware and Delftware, London, 2000, pp. 424-428, cat. nos. D380-D383; an undecorated example with pushed-out bosses on the base in F. H. Garner and Michael Archer, English Delftware, London, 1972, p. 13, cat. no. 29A; and a manganese-powdered example of the same shape, dated to circa 1650 and attributed to London, in Amanda E. Lange, Delftware at Historic Deerfield, 1600-1800, cat. no. 91, p. 142. A very similar example is illustrated by Frank Britton, London Delftware, London, 1972, p. 117, cat. no. 50, dated to mid-17th century and attributed to Southwark.
Ivor Noël Hume mentions in Early English Delftware from London and Virginia, p. 70, no. 16, that a candlestick of similar form from the Burnett Collection was excavated in London, as illustrated on p. 67, fig. VI.
A very similar example was sold at Sotheby's, London, May 31, 1983, lot 1.