In the Middle Ages, servants often held lit torches in their hands, allowing the flame to brighten the room. During the Renaissance period the torchere was introduced, becoming a safer and more decorative technique of illumination. Our wrought iron candle holder, crafted in Spain, circa 1600, is an early example of such an invention.
A single candle was designed to rest on the bobeche, which is encircled by a pierced cup that is adorned with geometric motifs and topped with a ring of rounded crenellation. The flat bobeche has similar smooth-edged merlons (although more tightly grouped) which are supported by three C-scrolls that are bound around the long shaft. In the center of the shaft is an opening comprised of twisted iron, forming a bulbous baluster basket. There is a second set of bracketed C-scrolls above the tripartite base that is comprised of large S-scrolls, each with baluster baskets embellishments. The three scrolls are joined by a Y-shaped stretcher with a central floral noix.
This antique wrought iron candle holder from Spain can still be used as a torchere, doubling as a beautiful early 17th century decorative element when not in use. At almost 3 ½ feet tall, the candle holder can be used as a floor torchere or placed on a center or console table for added height. The candle holder could also be wired for electricity to serve as a lamp for an office or living room.
CONDITION: Good antique condition, with wear commensurate to age and use, including light buildup, particularly to the bobeche. Minor losses to the bobeche cup. Please see photos for details.