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Design for a silver candelabrum
  • Design for a silver candelabrum
    Flaxman, John RA, born 1755 - died 1826
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Design for a silver candelabrum

  • Place of origin:

    England

  • Date:

    1818

  • Artist/Maker:

    Flaxman, John RA, born 1755 - died 1826 (Maker, Designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil on laid paper, watermarked with a seated Britannia figure in a crowned oval.

  • Museum number:

    CAI.970

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case IONIDES, shelf 2

Physical description

Nine drawings on one sheet showing different designs for a silver candelabrum, by John Flaxman (1756- 1826), circa 1818.
The drawings depict three different types of candelabra.
The first shows a standing male figure holding a staff with a winged figure descending from above and two candle branches surmounted by a phoenix crest.
The second shows a candelabrum with two seated figures on the base and putti on the stem and probably a phoenix.
The third type shows a figure of Fame crowning a seated figure of Britannia with a lion by her side with at the top a Phoenix.

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Place of Origin

England

Date

1818

Artist/maker

Flaxman, John RA, born 1755 - died 1826 (Maker, Designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil on laid paper, watermarked with a seated Britannia figure in a crowned oval.

Dimensions

Height: 187 mm, Width: 237 mm

Object history note

The design showing the Britannia being crowned is related to a tracing after Flaxman in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (23.68.1 leaf 28H) in which a very similar figure of Fame crowns a helmet which forms the crest of a shield on which is shown a phoenix rising from the flames against a background of flames.
On the stem a putto is holding up a crown above which is a Phoenix rising from the flames.
Also related to this design is a drawing by Edward Hodges Baily (British Museum 1913-3-31-289, watermarked 1818) showing Fame crowning Britannia and a lion beside her and also figures of Minerva and Neptune around the base.
The treatment of the candle arms in all these designs is very similar.

Bequeathed by C. A. Ionides 1900.

Descriptive line

Designs, nine on one sheet, for a silver candelabrum, by John Flaxman (1755- 1826), circa 1818

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

D. Bindman Ed., John Flaxman, R.A., Royal Academy of Arts, 1979.
David G. Irwin, John Flaxman 1755-1826 : sculptor, illustrator, designer, London : Studio Vista, 1979.
Shirley Bury, “The lengthening shadow of Rundell's”, Connoisseur CLXI, no.648, p.79; no.649, p.152; no.650, p.218.
Robert R. Wark, Henry E., Drawings by John Flaxman in the Huntington collection, 1970.

Subjects depicted

Dining

Categories

Silver; Silver Designs; English; Designs

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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