Candlestick, brass

Candlestick, brass

Candlestick

Brass, cast, chased and engraved
Venice, Italy, 1550-1600
Coat of arms (unidentified)
Hildburgh gift

This candlestick exemplifies the great mix of cultural influences on Venetian brasswork. The shape was associated with Nuremberg in southern Germany. The density of the engraving followed the local fashion for Islamic design. The depictions of flowers, grotesques and Bacchus (the god of wine), rather than abstract interlaced work, have a distinctly Italian flavour.