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Viennese Empire Chamber Candlestick



Viennese Empire Chamber Candlestick

This elegant and unusual chamber candlestick is built up on four claw feet that support a large polished shell.. The mother of pearl, which also functions as a reflector for the candlelight, forms the base for a guilt bronze ornament that carries the stylised two-armed candlestick. The front of the shell is decorated with an elegant wave-shaped gilt bronze frame that also functions as a bumper. The handle, placed on the hinge of the shell, is shaped as a stylised leaf and leads to a mascaron at the end of the handle.

The chamber candlestick, otherwise known as a chamberstick, bedroom candlestick or hand candlestick was intended to light the way indoors. It consists of a small flat tray or shallow, saucer like base with a central support for the candle, Some early examples have a flat or curved handle but on later ones there is a ring shaped handle, extending upwards from the rim in a loop. The handle sometimes supports, in a pierced slot, a candle snuffer, a small hollow cone which was placed over the lighted taper to extinguish the flame without causing the snuff to smoke.

Viennese Empire Chamber Candlestick
Price on request
Period
ca. 1815
Material
gilt bronze, mother of pearl
Dimensions
12 x 22 x 26 cm

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