Originally from Florence, Italy, circa 1700, this pair of giltwood candlesticks has been hand-carved as foliate urns. The curvaceous urns have large, curled leaf handles with a volute terminal tucked beneath each leaf tip. Concentric fluting can be seen beneath the neck of the urn, transitioning seamlessly into a large lobed leaf. The top edge is adorned with gadrooning beneath a circular platform. Each urn has a hole that penetrates the wood vertically, indicating that at one point there was an iron pricket to hold candles.
Since these were primarily intended for use in churches or private chapels, the candlesticks have only been carved and gilded on the front side, including the foliate edges along the square plinth that sits beneath the circular base with quarter round molding (when displayed in a church or chapel, it was only necessary to design the candlesticks to be seen by the congregation).
These were found in Italy on one of our recent buying trips, and we believe the patina, wear, and coloration are part of the beauty of these very old candlesticks. We would recommend to leave the finish as is and enjoy them as decorative accessories, or have them wired to function as a pair of table lamps.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with acceptable losses to wood and gilding. Minor age separations and light traces of old wood worm. Surface buildup.