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Candlesticks & Candelabra

There is nothing quite as wistfully romantic as the flickering flare of a lit candelabra, and its elegance is made all the more enduring with the artful array of designs available in antique and vintage candlesticks. While these pieces have their own unique history, they all share the common heritage of the origins of illumination that began centuries ago.

The necessity for a candlestick didn’t emerge until the dawn of the candle itself, which made its debut in in the 6th century B.C. First created by the Romans as a source of light from repurposed animal tallow, these candles were not for daily use but rather for ceremonial functions and gifts.

It was not until the Middle Ages that the widespread use of candles caught on across the European continent. Once that spark was lit, the demand for candles and a tasteful way to display them grew exponentially. By the 18th and 19th centuries, increasingly elegant candlesticks and candelabra were being crafted in the studios of great silversmiths such as Matthew Boulton and Paul Storr, as well as porcelain houses including Sevres and Meissen.


Quick Facts

  • The oldest recorded candles that survive today are those discovered in Oberflacht, Germany. Crafted from beeswax, they date to approximately the 6th century A.D.
  • Candles in the 18th century were often made from the oil derived from sperm whales. It was not until the end of the century that scientists discovered non-animal based means for candle production
  • The biggest blow to the candle industry came in 1879, when the incandescent light bulb was introduced

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Glass lens round tin candle lantern
Nov 19, 4:00 PM EST
Glass lens round tin candle lantern
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Est: $0- $0
$1103 Bids
Roycroft Hammered Copper Candelabra and Candlesticks
Nov 06, 12:00 PM EDT
Roycroft Hammered Copper Candelabra and Candlesticks
by Cottone Auctions
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
SCHIERHOLZ PORCELAIN GARNITURE
Oct 29, 10:00 AM CDT
SCHIERHOLZ PORCELAIN GARNITURE
by Selkirk Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $50- $250
$251 Bid
Early 20th century candle lanterns.
Nov 09, 11:00 AM EST
Early 20th century candle lanterns.
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Pair of candlesticks, by Schie
Nov 03, 10:00 AM CET
Pair of candlesticks, by Schie
by Historia Auktionshaus
Est: €0- €0
€1200 Bids
Leuchter mit Watteaumalerei. Helena Wolfsohn.
Oct 29, 9:00 AM CEST
Leuchter mit Watteaumalerei. Helena Wolfsohn.
by Auktionshaus Wendl
Est: €0- €0
€400 Bids
A pair of candlesticks, Volkstedt, around 1910-20
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
A pair of candlesticks, Volkstedt, around 1910-20
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €180- €360
€1600 Bids
Pair of Roycroft Hand Hammered Metal Sconces & Hanging Fixture
Nov 06, 12:00 PM EDT
Pair of Roycroft Hand Hammered Metal Sconces & Hanging Fixture
by Cottone Auctions
Est: $500- $800
$2500 Bids
CAZAUX
Oct 30, 2:00 PM CEST
CAZAUX
by Côte Basque Enchères
Est: €200- €400
€2000 Bids
Rare W. J. Gordy Pottery Candlestick
Nov 13, 2:00 PM EST
Rare W. J. Gordy Pottery Candlestick
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
GERMAN SEITZENDORF PORCELAIN FIGURINE CANDLE HOLDER 1URY 9TH-CENTURY
Oct 29, 6:00 PM EDT
GERMAN SEITZENDORF PORCELAIN FIGURINE CANDLE HOLDER 1URY 9TH-CENTURY
by Auctions by Daum
Est: $225- $300
$1900 Bids
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gr. Bozner-Kerzenengel, Thun
Oct 30, 11:00 AM CEST
gr. Bozner-Kerzenengel, Thun
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€50 Bids
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3flammiger Leuchter, Volkstedt, Goldstaffage
Oct 30, 11:00 AM CEST
3flammiger Leuchter, Volkstedt, Goldstaffage
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€200 Bids
DOUBLE-ARMED PORCELAIN CANDLESTICK MADE BY GEROLD
Oct 28, 5:00 PM IDT
DOUBLE-ARMED PORCELAIN CANDLESTICK MADE BY GEROLD
by The Bidder
Est: $80- $100
$250 Bids
Amphora Stellmacher Teplitz Art Pottery Candlestick
Nov 14, 10:00 AM PST
Amphora Stellmacher Teplitz Art Pottery Candlestick
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $1,000- $1,200
$8000 Bids
DUAL-ARM SHABBAT PORCELAIN CANDLESTICK MADE BY NA'AMAN
Oct 28, 5:00 PM IDT
DUAL-ARM SHABBAT PORCELAIN CANDLESTICK MADE BY NA'AMAN
by The Bidder
Est: $80- $100
$300 Bids
Peter Shire Post Modern Candle Holder, Anodized and painted metal c1990
Nov 07, 10:00 AM PDT
Peter Shire Post Modern Candle Holder, Anodized and painted metal c1990
by Global Auctions Company
Est: $1,500- $2,000
$1,2000 Bids
Brass And Decorated Ceramic Candle Holder
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Brass And Decorated Ceramic Candle Holder
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$10 Bids
MICHAEL POWOLNY, 2 CANDLESTICKS, C. 1907
Nov 17, 3:00 PM CET
MICHAEL POWOLNY, 2 CANDLESTICKS, C. 1907
by Quittenbaum Kunstauktionen GmbH
Est: €1,400- €1,800
€1,2000 Bids
2 Royal Copenhagen Denmark Porcelain Candle Holder
Nov 07, 10:00 AM EDT
2 Royal Copenhagen Denmark Porcelain Candle Holder
by World Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
Kleiner ArtDeco Kerzenleuchter,Keramik,blau lasiert,Höhe ca.8,5cm
Nov 20, 11:00 AM CET
Kleiner ArtDeco Kerzenleuchter,Keramik,blau lasiert,Höhe ca.8,5cm
by Auction Partners
Est: €10- €0
€100 Bids

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