Pair of Baroque Candlesticks

French, 1700-25

Gilded brass. Top-o'-the-line craftsmanship here! Cast with deep spiral and vertical ribbing, then delicately engraved with flowers and punched with small running motifs. See how the gilding accentuates the depths of the ribs and gives a visually complex surface. A wonderful example of the baroque taste: I bet an aristocrat owned them originally, but now we plebs get our turn! Very good condition, some wear to gilding, no restoration.

7-1/2" h x 5" diam base.

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