PAIR OF ECCLESIASTIC CANDELABRA
Sculpted, carved and gilt wood
“The triangular base shaped like a truncated pyramid, supported by three lion’s feet, has trapeziform fronts decorated with cherub’s heads above, and with ample phytomorphic scrolls that enclose the ovoid shields of the coats of arm, without ant heraldic ensigns, on the sides. The trunk, connected to the base by a narrowing, is formed of three elements, separated alternatively by molded spool-type nodes and by disks with edges with decorations in relief. The central node features cherub’s heads combined with garlands above a ring of lanceolate leaves; faces o winged cupids and garlands also appear in the rounded junction node and in the last node turned in the style of a balustrade, decorated below by acanthus leaves and culminating in the plate where the wax is collected, that rests in the disc with relief decorations”.
The study by Maria Cecilia Fabbri from which the above description has been taken suggests for these tall candelabra of ecclesiastic origin, a Florentine provenance and a dating to the end of the 16th century.
Florence, late 16th century
height: 178 cm