Candlestick, cast brass

Candlestick, cast brass

Candlestick

Cast brass
England, about 1650

From the 14th to the 17th century, brass candlesticks were the most common form of lighting in well-to-do households.  Candlestick designs changed according to fashion, but also for practical purposes. In the 17th century they were made with wide spreading bases for stability and centrally-placed drip pans to catch the wax or fat.

This trumpet shaped candlestick is cast in two sections. The body is hollow cast, the corrugations giving strength to the shaft. The nozzle was often detachable to prevent the candle from falling into the shaft when the wax melted. This kind of candlestick is often seen in contemporary still-life paintings.