With three knops, flat drip-pan and foliate enamelled decoration, this tripod pricket candlestick compares closely to a pair of candlesticks in the Musée du Petit Palais, Paris (O. DUT. 1241) and to an example in the Metropolitan Museum in New York (17.190.345). The iconography, of a warrior fighting a beast, probably a lion, is a motif that is found also in other Limoges works: see, for example, a medallion at the Kunstgewerbemuseum in Berlin (inv. no. K 4254).
Although a large portion of the corpus of medieval Limoges enamels is religiously themed, it is not exceptional to see more profane scenes, especially on candlesticks and small plaques. In these cases, as on the present candlestick, the iconography is inspired by courtly romances and chansons de geste
. Heroic knights are depicted while fighting monstrous beasts, evoking a sense of poetic drama.
M. Gauthier, Catalogue International de L'Oevre de Limoges, 1. L'époque Romane, Paris, 1987, nos 184-186; M. Gauthier, E. Antoine, D. Gaborit-Chopin, L'Apogée, Corpus des Emaux Méridionaux 1190-1215, tome II, Paris, 2011, VII B II-2 A and VII C