Rare Medieval Limoges Folding Candlestick. Circa 12th centur...





Rare Medieval Limoges Folding Candlestick. Circa 12th century AD. A composite traveling pricket type candlestick with folding legs. Each of the three legs have an animal head terminal, the face of each leg is detailed with foliate scrolls, originally filled with champlevé enamel: but only traces survive. The shaft is divided in two by a bulbus knop, this is decorated with six segments, each having an interlace motif. The splayed collar at the base of the spike is a replacement. Recorded on the PAS database as: KENT-609662. 190mm x 125mm.
This the only known candlestick of the type found in the UK. Similar fixed base pricket candlesticks of the same period from Limoges display similar decoration and form. Ref: Marian Campbell, Medieval Enamels. Victoria & Albert Museum. p.30. Metropolitan Museum has a slightly later pair of traveling candlesticks of the same form, also of Limoges in France, from the Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931.

Auction Date: 16th Mar 2024 at 10am

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