Early Lighting

Antique Brass Capstan Candlestick Circa 1550
  • I have been fortunate to acquire a fabulous collection of 16th through 18th century brass candlesticks. I will list them separately as I can find time to make it happen so please ask for another style if you don’t see it here. Also, please see the group photo at the end of the listing which shows 12 individual and one pair of early candlesticks. However, even this group shot does not show the entire collection—so, really, ask if you have a style you are seeking.

    Early brass candlesticks helped reflect light into a room, not only from the flame but also from the ambient light reflected on and magnified back into the room from the polished shiny surface of the brass. This is the same principle of using bright yellow damask for furnishings and mirrors. See for example,Kelm, Laura, “The Restoration of Stenton's Yellow Lodging Room,” https://www.incollect.com/articles/ochre-old-fustic-and-maple-stenton-s-yellow-lodging-room-restored. “Furnishings” was the period name for fabrics used to furnish the bed and to upholster seating. Furnishings were often the most valuable part of the household.

    This capstan candlestick is ½” taller and a bit different in styling, but it makes a wonderful companion to #6409 that is also listed today. This 5” tall candlestick is circa 1550 and attributed to Spain. The candle cup has ring turned decoration and a refined bobeche-type flared top. There are 2 round holes on either side of the candle cup for extracting a spent candle. The mid-drip pan is flattened with an incised ring at the outer edge (whereas the 4 ½” one in another listing (#6409) has a rolled lip). About 2/3rds from the edge of the mid-drip pan are 2 more incised rings separated by a ridge. The base is flared with another incised ring near the bottom of the base. Another decorative element is the incised ring on the underside of the drip pan. Condition of this stick is very good for its 450+ years. The drip pan has some bends around the edge and there are use associated scratches throughout. It has a muted polished surface. This is a very fine well-made and stylish capstan candlestick that would be a definite accent to a collection or standing alone.

    #6410     $795