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A crizzled lead glass candlestick
possibly George Ravenscroft, London, circa 1670
Estimate
2,5003,500
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159
A crizzled lead glass candlestick
possibly George Ravenscroft, London, circa 1670
Estimate
2,5003,500
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A crizzled lead glass candlestick
possibly George Ravenscroft, London, circa 1670
the cylindrical nozzle with folded rim set on a collar over a hollow baluster stem flanked by mereses and flattened ball knops above a double-domed waisted base with folded rim
25cm., 9¾in.
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Literature

J.Bourne and V.Brett, L'art du Luminaire, p.25, fig.45

Catalogue Note

The style of this candlestick echoes contemporary silver and metalwork examples made both in England and in Northern Europe, generally. Indeed, this example has in its history been considered to be from Liége whilst the stem section is strongly influenced by the tall goblets of Nuremberg manufacture. Nonetheless, the style also owes much to a Venetian influence.

At Ravenscroft's glasshouse at the Savoy in London, Venetian glassmakers are known to have been employed. Furthermore, the glass contains a high proportion of lead. At this early date production of 'lead crystal' is considered to be largely an English preserve. George Ravenscroft was experimenting widely with different proportions of lead oxide in his search for a material which was free of crizzling. The degraded nature of this example would suggest that it predates his success in achieving this aim.

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