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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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Matte Green Arts & Crafts Pottery Candlestick
Dec 02, 5:00 PM EST
Matte Green Arts & Crafts Pottery Candlestick
by Plain City Auction
Est: $5- $100
$21 Bid
19thc Pair of German Porcelain Candle Holders
Dec 17, 2:00 PM EST
19thc Pair of German Porcelain Candle Holders
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $125- $250
$800 Bids
SIEGFRIED MÖLLER GROSSER KERZENLEUCHTER MIT DEN VIER APOSTELN
Dec 09, 10:00 AM CET
SIEGFRIED MÖLLER GROSSER KERZENLEUCHTER MIT DEN VIER APOSTELN
by Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf
Est: €600- €1,200
€6000 Bids
Potschappel Carl Thieme Candle Holder
Dec 18, 11:45 AM EST
Potschappel Carl Thieme Candle Holder
by Broward Auction Gallery LLC
Est: $80- $110
$600 Bids
Pair Cobalt Blue Ceramic Candle Holders
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
Pair Cobalt Blue Ceramic Candle Holders
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $150
$10 Bids
Cowan pottery table lamp
Dec 03, 9:30 AM EST
Cowan pottery table lamp
by Rachel Davis Fine Arts
Est: $200- $300
$1500 Bids
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SAINT-CLÉMENT, PAAR LEUCHTERFIGUREN
Dec 14, 9:00 AM CET
SAINT-CLÉMENT, PAAR LEUCHTERFIGUREN
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF2,600- CHF3,600
CHF2,6000 Bids
MICHAEL POWOLNY: PUTTO CANDLESTICK
Dec 07, 6:00 PM CET
MICHAEL POWOLNY: PUTTO CANDLESTICK
by Im Kinsky
Est: €1,500- €2,500
€1,5000 Bids
19TH-CENTURY GERMAN PORCELAIN CANDELABRA
Dec 06, 10:00 AM GMT
19TH-CENTURY GERMAN PORCELAIN CANDELABRA
by Sheppards
Est: €200- €300
€1200 Bids
3 Pairs Chelsea Style Porcelain Candlesticks
Dec 15, 11:00 AM EST
3 Pairs Chelsea Style Porcelain Candlesticks
by Willow Auction House
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
5 Chelsea Style Bird Bocage Candlesticks
Dec 15, 11:00 AM EST
5 Chelsea Style Bird Bocage Candlesticks
by Willow Auction House
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
3 Chelsea Style Bocage Porcelain Candlesticks
Dec 15, 11:00 AM EST
3 Chelsea Style Bocage Porcelain Candlesticks
by Willow Auction House
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Italian Glazed Pottery Candle Holders
Dec 06, 12:00 PM EST
Italian Glazed Pottery Candle Holders
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $25- $200
$250 Bids
Vintage blue Danube candle holder
Dec 05, 11:30 PM EST
Vintage blue Danube candle holder
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $20- $25
$100 Bids
2 Pairs Chelsea Style Porcelain Bocage Candelabra
Dec 15, 11:00 AM EST
2 Pairs Chelsea Style Porcelain Bocage Candelabra
by Willow Auction House
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
Teco Pottery Art Nouveau Matte Green Two-Handle Candlesticks c1905
Dec 03, 11:00 AM PST
Teco Pottery Art Nouveau Matte Green Two-Handle Candlesticks c1905
by California Historical Design, Inc
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,5000 Bids
Pewabic Pottery Iridescent Orange Candlestick c1920s
Dec 03, 11:00 AM PST
Pewabic Pottery Iridescent Orange Candlestick c1920s
by California Historical Design, Inc
Est: $600- $800
$4000 Bids
Hampshire Pottery Matte Green Loop Handle Candlestick c1910
Dec 03, 11:00 AM PST
Hampshire Pottery Matte Green Loop Handle Candlestick c1910
by California Historical Design, Inc
Est: $250- $350
$1500 Bids
California Porcelain Matte Green Candlesticks c1927-1929
Dec 03, 11:00 AM PST
California Porcelain Matte Green Candlesticks c1927-1929
by California Historical Design, Inc
Est: $500- $700
$4000 Bids
Pair Pisgah Forest Pottery Arden, NC Candlesticks c1930s
Dec 03, 11:00 AM PST
Pair Pisgah Forest Pottery Arden, NC Candlesticks c1930s
by California Historical Design, Inc
Est: $150- $200
$1000 Bids
A pair of blue and white porcelain candlestick holders, each painted with eight immortals
Dec 10, 12:30 PM ICT
A pair of blue and white porcelain candlestick holders, each painted with eight immortals
by RCB Auctions
Est: ฿80,000- ฿100,000
฿50,0000 Bids
Sculpted Ceramic Candlestick Holder
Dec 17, 7:00 PM EST
Sculpted Ceramic Candlestick Holder
by Tunicks Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $400
$500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Candlesticks & Candelabra


Lion and Unicorn

Lion and Unicorn

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

California Historical Design, Inc

California Historical Design, Inc

Rachel Davis Fine Arts

Rachel Davis Fine Arts