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French, Limoges, 13th century
PRICKET CANDLESTICK
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 27,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
7
French, Limoges, 13th century
PRICKET CANDLESTICK
Estimate
12,00018,000
LOT SOLD. 27,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Old Master Sculpture and Works of Art Including Highlights from the Reinhold Hofstätter Collection

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French, Limoges, 13th century
PRICKET CANDLESTICK

Provenance

Private collection, United Kingdom

Catalogue Note

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. 

RELATED LITERATURE
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

Old Master Sculpture and Works of Art Including Highlights from the Reinhold Hofstätter Collection

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London