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
  • East Galleries II
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.