Early Lighting

Antique Brass Candlestick with Footed Base Circa 1700
  • 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 7 ½” tall circa 1700 candlestick is Spanish. It has a square saucer base with a folded rim and sits on very high fluted feet. The candle cup is somewhat flared with incised rings above and below a ridge. The rolled top edge and similar shape at the very bottom of the candle cup give the candlestick a refined, taller appearance. The stem has baluster turning over a vase form that sits atop an elongated plinth. The incised rings decorating the entire cup, stem, plinth and saucer plus the very high, well-formed feet make this a wonderful addition to any collection.

    #6417    $375

    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 7 ½” tall circa 1700 candlestick is Spanish. It has a square saucer base with a folded rim and sits on very high fluted feet. The candle cup is somewhat flared with incised rings above and below a ridge. The rolled top edge and similar shape at the very bottom of the candle cup give the candlestick a refined, taller appearance. The stem has baluster turning over a vase form that sits atop an elongated plinth. The incised rings decorating the entire cup, stem, plinth and saucer plus the very high, well-formed feet make this a wonderful addition to any collection.

    #6417    $375