Lot 2
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ITALIAN, VENICE, LATE 16TH CENTURY, | Pair of Candlesticks

30,000 - 50,000 EUR
35,000 EUR
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  • Pair of Candlesticks
  • gilt brass and silver
  • H. 22.5 cm, 8 7/8  in ; Diam. 18.5 cm, 7 1/4  in.
engraved and chiselled with scrollwork and trophies, chimeras, profiles of helmeted warriors and Antique Gods; each register framed with silver friezes 


Sotheby's London, Renaissance Furniture and Works of Art from Villa Ca'del Sole, Capri, 28 October 2004, lot 12;
European Distinguished Private Collection

Catalogue Note

The term "Veneto Saracenic metalwork" was originally used to describe pieces believed to have been made in Venice by craftsmen from or trained in the Islamic word. Current scholarly opinion has now separated these pieces into two groups: some as export commissions from the East through the trade routes with Venice and others made in Northern Italy under Islamic influence. The present candlesticks belong to this second category, mixing geometric patterns in the Islamic style and animal and human figures characteristic of Occidental tradition.    
A pair of comparable candlesticks was sold by Sotheby's London, on 7 December 1995, lot 246 (26.6 cm high).