Hand-carved in France in the 1700’s, this pair of giltwood altar candlesticks has been adorned with foliate motifs and stylized paw feet. The finely detailed columns stand on tripartite bases and were completely carved on all sides.
The columns are topped with large iron bobeches that have scalloped edges and 1 ¼” tall prickets. Beneath each cup is a quarter round rim over a gadrooned neck. There is another layer of gadrooning near the base. In between the lobed sections, the undulating column is embellished with disc-shaped protuberances and curled leaves. Each of the corners of the triangular base have been carved out, with a roquillard leg beneath the truncated area. In between each leg is an elegant oval escutcheon surrounded by scrolls and topped with a leaf.
Our pair of French giltwood candlesticks are just over three feet tall, making them perfect accessories for any table surface or fireplace mantel. The prickets are intact, meaning that they can still be used functionally as candleholders. They could also be wired and fit with a base to make some lovely floor lamps.
CONDITION: Wear commensurate to age and use with light age separations and traces of old wood worm. Buildup to cups from dripping candles. Cups likely not original. Acceptable losses to gilding.
H - 36 1/2, W - 11 1/2, D - 10
Pair of 18th Century Giltwood Altar Candlesticks from France
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