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Lot 1710: Medieval Romanesque Candlestick with Griffins

Antiquities: Day 3

by TimeLine Auctions

December 8, 2016

London, United Kingdom

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Description: 14th-15th century AD. A bronze tripod candlestick comprising a domed triangular base with claw feet, openwork body formed as three pairs of griffins biting a surrounding band with incised borders; each griffin with billeted neck and leg, teardrop wing with feather detailing, arched back and facing D-shaped head with lentoid eyes, pricked ears, T-shaped muzzle; fleur-de-lys scroll between each pair of legs; with 15th century replacement stem and hexagonal-section socket. Cf. Zarnecki, G., Holt, J. & Holland, T. English Romanesque Art 1066-1200, London, 1984, item 249 for type. For a similar candlestick see The British Museum, accession number 1878,1101.90. 451 grams, 14.5cm (5 3/4"). From the private collection of a German gentleman; formerly in a private collection; acquired prior to 2005.

Condition Report: Fine condition, one leg cracked. Extremely rare.

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