Candlestick (one of a pair)Artist(s)John CarterObject Creation Date1770-1771Medium & SupportsilverDimensions
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 TypecandlestickAdditional Object Classification(s)Decorative ArtsCollection AreaWesternRights
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capitals (column components)
columns (architectural elements)