Antique (Pair) Fine Silver Gilt European Candlesticks. In the trade, we call these "pricketsticks," deriving from the hand hewn iron pricket which holds the candle. Many were/are used in churches. Since water gilding with fine metal is such an expensive old trade, those used in churches were only decorated on the side showing from the alter or the niche, with the backs left unadorned. This pair, having a consistent finish on all sides, were perhaps used in a private chapel or home. Traces of missing silver and loss of gesso can be seen, but they only add to the splendid sense of age and time these beauties hold. Acanthus leaves are seen in fine examples such as this pair. Other unusual aspects include the paw feet and the clever tripod base. Use them anywhere, but they shine brightly during the holidays on the mantel.
Approximate Dimensions: 20 1/2"H X 5 3/4"W