The Wallace Collection

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Candle stand
  • Candle stand
  • Style of Martin Carlin (1730 - 1785)
  • France
  • c. 1860
  • Oak veneered with mahogany, gilt bronze and Carrara marble
  • Height: 113.5 cm
    Width: 41.5 cm
  • Inscription: 'd 888' In red crayon
  • F436
  • Reserve Gallery
Further Reading
  • One of a pair (with F437) of veneered candlestands dating from the third quarter of the nineteenth century, probably made in Paris where they appeared in the 1871 inventory of one of Sir Richard Wallace's houses supporting two gilt-bronze candelabra (F130-1). The candlestands are well made but the quality of their gilt-bronze mounts is mechanical, for example the tasselled drapery swags, which lack relief. The pierced gilt-bronze galleries appear to have been cast, rather than pierced with a fly-punch, which would have been the normal late-18th-century technique. In style the candlestands are based on the furniture of Martin Carlin (1730-1785), in particular the tasselled drapery swags are based on a mount found on some of Carlin's work-tables.