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Plaster cast - Candelabrum
  • Candelabrum
    da Rovezzano, Benedetto, born 1474 - died 1554
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  • Object:

    Plaster cast

  • Place of origin:

    London (original, made)
    Brussels (cast)

  • Date:

    1530-1536 (made)
    ca. 1865 (cast)

  • Artist/Maker:

    da Rovezzano, Benedetto, born 1474 - died 1554 (sculptor)
    Broeck, M. van den (cast-maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Plaster cast, painted plaster

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  • Gallery location:

    Cast Courts, Room 46b, The Weston Cast Court , case FS, shelf N

Place of Origin

London (original, made)
Brussels (cast)


1530-1536 (made)
ca. 1865 (cast)


da Rovezzano, Benedetto, born 1474 - died 1554 (sculptor)
Broeck, M. van den (cast-maker)

Materials and Techniques

Plaster cast, painted plaster


Height: 274.5 cm, Diameter: 48.5 cm

Object history note

Purchased from M. van den Broeck, Brussels in 1865 for £14 12 5d

Historical context note

One of four candelabra in the church of St Bavon thought to have come from the unfinished tomb of Henry VIII (reigned 1509-47) at Windsor. They are known to have been in the collection of Charles I, and to have been presented to St Bavon by Bishop Anthony Triest who occupied the see from 1622-57. It is therefore likely that they were sold off from the Royal Collection under the Commonwealth in 1649-50.

Descriptive line

Plaster cast, painted plaster, after the bronze candelabrum in St Bavo's Cathedral, Ghent and originally intended for the tomb of King Henry VIII, by Benedetto da Rovezzano, London, 1530-36. Cast by M. van den Broeck, in Brussels, around 1865.

Labels and date

Benedetto da Rovezzano helped to introduce the Italian Renaissance style to England, where he was first employed by Cardinal Wolsey. Henry VIII later commissioned the sculptor to create parts for a magnificent tomb that was never completed. This is a cast of one of four candelabra that da Rovezzano created for the king. In the 17th century the candelabra were acquired by the Bishop of Ghent, and they remain in the city today. [2014]






Ph_survey; Sculpture


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