At almost four feet tall, this pair of giltwood altar candlesticks make quite a statement. Hand-carved in France during the 1700’s, the tripartite candlesticks are unique in that they only have decorative carvings on one side. The other two sides have been shaped by hand, but they are unadorned, leaving visible carving marks. The candlesticks would have originally stood at the front of a Cathedral or Church, requiring only the forward facing visible sides to be carved and gilded.
Each candlestick has a gadrooned candle cup that sits on top of a crimped iron bobeche. Beneath the bobeche is a two-tiered circular capital that has undulating lines (only on the carved side). The bulbous-shaped columns are adorned by curled acanthus leaves, stiff water leaves, and volute scrolls. A slightly concave triangular well sits on top of the curled leaf base with a large central leaf. The entire candlesticks rest on block feet embellished with volutes.
CONDITION: Good condition, wear commensurate to age and use with age separations and old repairs. Traces of old wood worm with minor rubs and losses. One candlestick has small burn marks on the back side. Please see photos for details.