Candlestick

16th century (made)
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Not currently on display at the V&A

Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

From the 14th until the 17th centuries, brass candlesticks appeared in all but the most prosperous houses, and were made in forms peculiar to the material. Socketed candlesticks made their appearance in the late 13th century and thereafter became relatively common, replacing the earlier pricket form, at least for domestic use. This 16th century Turkish brass example is ornamented with bands and a border and is also serrated and pierced.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Brass, cast and turned
Brief Description
Brass candlestick ornamented with bands. From Cairo.
Physical Description
Candlestick, brass, cast and turned, ornamented with bands and a border, serrated and pierced
Dimensions
  • Height: 20.3cm
  • Diameter: 18.8cm
Object history
Bought from the collection of Gaston de Saint-Maurice (1831-1905) in 1884. Saint-Maurice displayed his extensive art collection at the 1878 Paris exhibition, in a gallery entitled L'Egypte des Khalifes. This was part of an official sequence of displays celebrating the history of Egypt, presented by the Egyptian state at this international event. Saint-Maurice held a position at the Khedival court, and had lived in Cairo in 1868-1878. Following the exhibition, Saint-Maurice offered his collection for sale to the South Kensington Museum (today the V&A).
Associations
Summary
From the 14th until the 17th centuries, brass candlesticks appeared in all but the most prosperous houses, and were made in forms peculiar to the material. Socketed candlesticks made their appearance in the late 13th century and thereafter became relatively common, replacing the earlier pricket form, at least for domestic use. This 16th century Turkish brass example is ornamented with bands and a border and is also serrated and pierced.
Bibliographic References
  • Petsopoulos, Yanni (ed), Tulips, Arabesques & Turbans. Decorative Arts of the Ottoman Empire, London: Alexandria Press, 1982. ISBN 0-85667-151-7. Plate 15c, p. 38
  • Baker, Malcolm, and Brenda Richardson (eds.), A Grand Design: The Art of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London: V&A Publications, 1999.
Collection
Accession Number
931-1884

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record createdNovember 7, 2003
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