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A miniature brass candlestick, Mamluk for the European Market, Egypt or Syria, circa 14th/early 15th century
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3,0005,000
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114
A miniature brass candlestick, Mamluk for the European Market, Egypt or Syria, circa 14th/early 15th century
Estimate
3,0005,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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A miniature brass candlestick, Mamluk for the European Market, Egypt or Syria, circa 14th/early 15th century
splayed body with straight drip-pan and straight cylindrical neck, engraved with seated felines between a bouquet, two armorial blazons, birds on drip tray, with black compound
12cm. height.
8.6cm. max. diam. base
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Catalogue Note

The armorial blazons on either side of this candlestick's body indicate that it would have been produced for a specific, European patron. We know for example that the Medici family collected over one hundred pieces of both Islamic and imitation metalwork pieces, a few of which now remain in the Bargello museum, Florence (Florence 1981, p.3). The design of this candlestick follows the traditional Mamluk style with engraved decoration, pounced details that would have anchored silver inlay (or even just outlined to pretend that it was once silver-inlaid), and a black compound applied to the background to make the design stand out. Two candlesticks from late fourteenth/fifteenth century Egypt with a similar shape and characteristic flat drip-tray, are in the Keir collection (Fehervari 1976, nos. 159 & 160). The candlestick's unusually small size distinguishes it as a rare specimen. 

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