Lot 167E: 18th C. German Bronze Candlestick -Male / Lion

Artemis Gallery

March 15, 2018
Louisville, CO, US

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Description: Western Europe, Germany, Hartenstein, ca. late 18th to early 19th century CE. A gorgeous cast-bronze male figure with the head of a lion, standing on an integral octagonal base with an openwork fleur-de-lis motif along the lower rim. The figure stands upon wide-spread legs with stylized feet leading to delineated male genitalia, with a slender torso, one arm raised with a curled hand, the other grasping a bell-shaped candle pan. The zoomorphic face displays a myriad of intricate yet strong features such as a flowing mane, puffy snout, an open mouth with bared teeth, upturned ears, and a projecting tongue. Size: 6.625" W x 9" H (16.8 cm x 22.9 cm).

Provenance: private New York, New York, USA collection; ex-Dr. Tanja Former collection, New York, New York, USA

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Condition Report: Candle pan reattached to hand. Age-commensurate surface wear, small losses to posterior area and areas of base, otherwise very good. Nice earthen deposits as well as brown and green patina throughout.
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