Category: Candlesticks

Key References:
Schiffer P, N & H. 1978. The Brass Book. Schiffer Publishing
Gentle R & Feild R., 1975. English Domestic Brass 1680-1810. Elek Books
Gentle R & Feild R, rev. Gentle B., 1994. Domestic Metalware 1640-1820. Antique Collectors’ Club
Caspall J., 1987. Making Fire & Light in the Home pre-1820. Antique Collectors’ Club
Fennimore D., 1996. Metalwork in Early America. Winterthur
Michaelis R F., 1978. Old Domestic Base-metal Candlesticks. Antique Collectors’ Club
Bourne J & Brett V., 1991. Lighting in the Domestic Interior. Sotheby’s
Burks J M., 1986. Birmingham Brass Candlesticks. Univ. Press Virginia
Hornsby P., 1989. Collecting Antique Copper & Brass. Moorland Publishing
Wills G., 1974. Candlesticks. C.N.Potter
Gentle R Brass Candlesticks (reprint of 18th century brassfounder’s catalogue)
Temple Newsam: Country House Studies No 4., 1992. Country House Lighting
ter Kuile O., 1986. Koper & Brons. Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Bangs C., 1995. The Lear Collection
Christies London The Lear Collection of Socket Candlesticks (Sale catalogue 15 Dec 1998)
Museum für Kunsthandwerk, Frankfurt a/M Kerzenleuchter aus Acht Jahrhunderten
Baur V., 1977. Kerzenleuchter aus Metall
Butler R., 2001. Marked Domestic Brass c 1600 – c 1900
Koldeweij E., 2001. The English Candlestick 1425 – 1925. Christies Books
Ashley R., 2001. The Rushlight & Related Holders. Ashley Publications
Pinn K., 1999. Paktong: the Chinese Alloy in Europe 1680 – 1820. Antique Collectors’ Club
Bonnin A., 1924. Tutenag & Paktong NB long out of print & virtually unobtainable.
Pinn K. Light and Shade (exhibition catalogue 1993)
De Hond J & Mostert T. Novaya Zemlya (Rijksmuseum Amsterdam)
Verlet P. Les Bronzes Dorés Français du XVIIIe Siècle
Butler, R., 1998. EK: an 18th century candlestick maker unmasked. JAMS Vol 6
Pass, G., 2000. A significant pair of candlesticks. JAMS Vol 8
Gadd, J., 2002. Disc-based candlesticks with pillar stems in brass. JAMS Vol 10
Douglas, J., 2002. Save-alls. JAMS Vol 10
Robinson, D., 2003. Hogscraper Candlesticks. JAMS Vol 11
Crawforth, A., 2005. Anglo-French candlesticks. JAMS Vol 13
Seavers, S., 2007. The art of illumination: Medieval candlesticks and manuscript art. JAMS Vol 15
Wesowlowska, C.V. & Seavers, S., 2008. The Gloucester candlestick: ongoing research. JAMS Vol 16
Butler, R. & Green, C., 2008. The Gloucester Candlestick: a case for a Gloucester provenance. JAMS Vol 16
Draughn, G., 2011. Two pairs of bronze candlesticks in the French
Baroque manner. JAMS Vol 19
Davey, J. & Patterson, A., 2012. Fashionably dated: a ‘Landsknecht’ candlestick at the Victoria & Albert Museum. JAMS Vol 20
Chinnery, V., 2016. Names for things. Oblong. pp. 69-70

Miniature Candle Holders

Materials: Sheet iron, originally black lacquered. Dimensions: Height 6 cm (2.5 inches); width 2 cm (0.75 inch). Place of Origin: Probably Liverpool or London, UK. Date: Believed 1890 – 1910. Maker/retailer: Price’s Patent Candles...

Automatic Candle Extinguisher

Materials: Steel. Dimensions: N/A. Place of Origin: Britain. Date: 18th century. Maker: Unknown. Present Location: private collection. Explanation: Automatic extinguishers, devices that extinguish a candle at a pre-determined time, are rare survivors. This example...

Candlestick with Candle Gripping Mechanism

Materials: Brass. Dimensions: N/A. Place of Origin: Birmingham, England. Date: c 1785 to 1830. Maker: James or William Harrison. Present Location: private collection. Explanation: Candle gripping mechanisms seem to have captured the imagination of...

French Rococo Candlesticks

Material: Bronze with traces of gilding (ormolu) Dimensions: Height: 25cm / 9⅞ in, Base diameter: 14cm / 5½ in Place of Origin: France Date: 1745 – 1749 Maker or Retailer: Unknown Present Location: Private...

French ‘Henri II’ Candlestick

Material: Copper alloy, probably bronze Dimensions: Height: 30cm / 11 ¾ in, Base diameter: 20.4cm / 8in Place of Origin: France Date: Mid-16th century Maker or Retailer: Unknown Present Location: Private collection Explanation: This...

Ball-knop Candlestick

Material: Copper alloy Dimensions: Height: 14cm / 5 ½in, Base diameter: 13.7cm / 5 ⅜in, Drip-catcher diameter: 7 cm / 2 ¾in Place of Origin: France Date: Mid-17th century Maker or Retailer: Unknown Present...

French 16th Century Pillar Candlesticks

Material: Copper alloy, probably bronze Dimensions: Height: 15cm / 5 ⅞in, Base diameter: 8.6cm / 3 ⅜in Place of Origin: France Date: Second half of the 16th century Maker or Retailer: Unknown Present Location:...

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