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Electrotype copy

Electrotype copy

  • Place of origin:

    Rome (original. possibly, or Milan., made)
    London (electrotyping)
    Milan (original. possibly, or Rome., made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1600 (made)
    ca. 1872 (electrotyping)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Censore, Orazio (artist)
    Giovanni Franchi and Son (cast-maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Electrotype copy

  • Museum number:

    REPRO.1872-430

  • Gallery location:

    Cast Courts, Room 46b, The Weston Cast Court , case East Wall

Physical description

Electrotype copy of an Italian candelabrum after the bronze original in Chester Cathedral.

Place of Origin

Rome (original. possibly, or Milan., made)
London (electrotyping)
Milan (original. possibly, or Rome., made)

Date

ca. 1600 (made)
ca. 1872 (electrotyping)

Artist/maker

Censore, Orazio (artist)
Giovanni Franchi and Son (cast-maker)

Materials and Techniques

Electrotype copy

Dimensions

Height: 236.5 cm, Width: 79.5 cm base

Object history note

Purchased from Giovanni Franchi in 1872 for £110.

Historical context note

After one of a pair of candlesticks presented to Chester Cathedral by the Duke of Westminster in about 1880. The candelabra are said to have come from the Church of S. Tommaso in Milan, but are related to three pairs of candelabra in Rome by Orazio Censore (d. 1622): one in S. Trinità dei Pellegrini and two in S. Andrea della Valle.

Descriptive line

Electrotype, bronzed copper, after the original bronze candelabrum in Chester Cathedral, England, possibly by Orazio Censore, in Rome or Milan, around 1600. Cast by Giovanni Franchi and Son in London, 1872.

Labels and date

Electrotype copies were more expensive than plaster casts so large scale examples are relatively rare. The Museum's 1872 'List of Reproductions' makes special mention of the 'richly decorated' garlands of fruit and flowers and the three lion feet on this candelabrum. Electrotyping replicated the decoration more accurately than would a plaster copy. The original is one of a pair of Italian candelabra given to Chester Cathedral in 1880 by the Duke of Westminster. [2014]

Materials

Bronzed copper

Techniques

Electrotyping

Subjects depicted

Candelabra

Categories

Ph_survey; Sculpture; Lighting; Christianity

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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