Nice vintage hand painted tin glazed pottery candlestick in the Rococo style of the mid 1700s. Originally there were two of these candlesticks available, but now there is just one remaining for purchase (the other stick has been sold). This candlestick is not antique and was made in Italy in the mid to late 1900s (between 15 and 50 years ago). This candlestick was formed in a mold and then hand finished. It has three bracketed segments along its base that continue up the stem and across the candle socket. There are also include C-scrolls and feather-like motifs molded in relief along with shell edging and scalloped petals (see all photos). The enamel colors painted on this candlestick mimics the grand feu colors (high temperature) cobalt blue, copper green and iron pinkish-red once common back in the 18th century (i.e., 1700s). But as noted above, this is not an antique candlestick and is instead a rather nice reproduction of a much older example. The bases have printed makers mark that looks like 'MMA' with one in blue (the blue marked one has been sold) and the other in black (the black mark also has Italy below it). Some MMA letters molded on other items refer to reproductions authorized by the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, however I am not sure that this is the same situation here (I think these printed marks may instead refer to the Italian company that produced these candlesticks).
These candlesticks were intended to look like faience where the tin glaze was tinged opaque bluish white to mimic popular delftware. One can see this effect on the base of the blue printed MMA example where the light buff clay contrasts with the blue-tinted glaze. Finally, both candlesticks have been used previously and so there is some wax in the candle cups and in crevices. As noted above, there is only one stick remaining for purchase, and it would make a nice gift for the romantic who enjoys eating by candlelight as well as for the person looking for a special gift or wedding present, or for the decorator seeking that special ambiance created by hand painted faience. And as always, the remaining faience candlestick here also comes with my Docs Antiques full satisfaction guarantee or you may return your purchase using my return policy for a refund (see below for all details).
SIZE: Each candlestick stands just under 8 inches tall and measure a maximum of 4 5/8 inches across at the foot (base). The candle cups are a little over 1 inch across at the rim and then narrow to about 3/4 inches wide at the bottom. Each candle cup is about 3/4 inches deep and has some older wax adhering on the inside. The remaining candlestick would look nice decorating a mantle, or placed on a table or side table and will certainly capture attention in most any setting.
CONDITION: The remaining candlestick is also in excellent condition with no production defects and absolutely no chips, hairlines, stains, repairs or restorations. If the buyer is not completely satisfied, then she/he may return their purchase for a refund (see my refund policy for all details as noted below).
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