View full screen - View 1 of Lot 213. Pair of Important Tudor Candlesticks.
213

English, 16th century

Pair of Important Tudor Candlesticks

English, 16th century

English, 16th century

Pair of Important Tudor Candlesticks

Pair of Important Tudor Candlesticks

Authenticity guarantee

What is guaranteed?

English, 16th century

Pair of Important Tudor Candlesticks


copper alloy

36cm., 14¼in. each

Both in very good condition with minor dirt and wear to the surfaces consistent with age. Dark spotting and a few small spots of green to the surfaces. One pierced to the base; the other pierced to the pricket. The latter with solder to the underside of the base underneath the stem; this probably indicates a later repair or reattachment.


Please note that Condition 12 of the Conditions of Business for Buyers (Online Only) is not applicable to this lot.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

European Private Collection

These beautifully cast brass candlesticks share the 'chalice and paten' form seen in English 16th-century candlesticks made during and between the reigns of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. The facture and form (with bell shaped bases) betray Netherlandish and South German influence, particularly from Nuremberg, which was an important metalwork centre at the time. A near identical candlestick (of similar dimensions: 35.5cm., 14in.) is illustrated by Koldeweij, described as Tudor, 1550-1600.


Compare with a mid-16th century English candlestick from the Lear collection, sold Christie's 15 December 1998, lot 53, as well as the succeeding lot with baluster vase-like stem. More recently, a single Tudor 'chalice and paten' candlestick of similar form from the collection of Governor John Endicott (Endecott) of Boston Massachusetts (c. 1588-1665), was sold at Sotheby's New York, William K. du Pont collection, on 22 January 2022, lot 198, for $40,320 (aggregate). Note also the English early 16th-century candlestick, of more simplified design, but again with bell-base shape, in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (inv. no. M.21-1964). 


Tudor candlesticks seldom appear on art market.


RELATED LITERATURE

W. G. Mackay Thomas, English Candlesticks before 1600, London, 1954; C. Bangs, The Lear Collection: A Study of Copper-Alloy Socket Candlesticks, A.D. 200-1700, Bethlehem, 1995; E. Koldeweij, The English Candlestick 1425-1925, London, 2001