Jan & John Maggs

Antiques and Art

Pair of Metropolitan Museum reproduction candle holders

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In 1987 New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art offered these copies of their 1630 – 70 English candle holders.

As the image at the bottom of the page shows, they are identical, except for the absence of the Killingworth coat of arms that is stamped on the bases of the prototypes. One of the copies even leans a bit – less than the original, but faithful to it in spirit.

English and Continental candlesticks of this type were made in two parts. The bases were turned from a single block of metal, while the shafts were cast in two longitudinal halves and soldered together before they were turned. This resulted in the nearly undetectable seams that are a measure of age in some early sticks. These shafts were cast as a single piece, but the base and the shaft are still secured to each other by the characteristic coarse threads of the originals.

A handsome pair of candlesticks with the character of their 400-year-old ancestors.

Dated 1987

Height: 10 ¼”; Diameter of bases: 6 ¾”

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Inventory #Z-474

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Images from the MMA website, describing their period examples of these sticks

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