Candlestick (one of a pair)

Accession Number
1968/1.49

Title
Candlestick (one of a pair)

Artist(s)
John Carter

Object Creation Date
1770-1771

Medium & Support
silver

Dimensions
12 1/2 in. x 4 15/16 in. x 4 15/16 in. ( 31.7 cm x 12.5 cm x 12.5 cm )

Subject matter
This meticulously detailed candlestick is in the form of a fluted column topped with a composite capital, which is one of the classical architectural orders developed in ancient Greece and Rome. The adaptation of ornament from Antiquity for this candlestick reflects the reigning English taste of the time for neoclassical style, which was popularized, in particular, by the architect and designer Robert Adam.

Physical Description
This silver candlestick, one of a pair, is in the shape of a fluted column topped by a composite capital composed of a double row of acanthus leaves and four volutes at the corners. The column rests upon a stepped base made of four squares of diminishing size, the first and fourth of which are marked with a pattern of strigillations.

Primary Object Classification
Decorative Arts

Primary Object Type
candlestick

Additional Object Classification(s)
Decorative Arts

Collection Area
Western

Rights
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Keywords
candlesticks
capitals (column components)
columns (architectural elements)
fluting
silverwork
strigillation

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