This charming matched set of hand painted faience lantern taper candle holders were made in Italy. Each candle holder has a single nozzle in the base which is surrounded on three sides by rounded walls. The conical lids have decorative pierced patterns enabling smoke and heat to escape and are topped with rounded knops. The candle holders have large applied strap handles at their sides enabling the candle holders to be carried from place to place.
The interior and exterior of the pieces are finished in cream colored glaze and the both sides of the exteriors feature ornate floral and foliate groupings. The set also bears green bands with pumpkin colored dots and linear accents. and and orange accented with blue and rust bands. The inside of the reticulated elements are highlighted with green, purple and yellow. The lids include floral springs while the knops are striped in alternating green and yellow. One knop has a solid green circle while the other has a green ring, both of which are highlighted with pumpkin dots.
The candleholders are in good condition with no chips or repairs. As hand made items there are anomalies present in the set consisting of irregularities in the shape and application of glaze consisting of glaze skips and pops. There is also a stable firing hairline on one candleholder which is located at the top and runs between the reticulated areas. The hairline is at the surface and does not extend through the body. It should also be noted that there are traces of soot inside the conical tops which is mentioned for accuracy.
The candle holders stand 8" tall to the top of the knops and are 6.5" from the back of the handle to the opposite side. The feet are 4.5" in diameter and bear the hand painted words "PV ITALY" and "66-184". The set weighs in at 2lb 7.5oz.
This unusual set of candle holders display beautifully and look great flanking a mantel or placed on a dining table. A lovely and useful vintage find!
Vintage Hand Painted Italian Majolica Reticulated Conical Lantern Candle Holders