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Candelabra

Derived from the Latin word "candelabrum," meaning candlestick, the term candelabra refers to a large branched candleholder with two or more arms. By the 19th century, candelabras were commonplace on the evening dinner table and had become a showcase for decorative arts of the time.

Pressed-glass candlesticks were common in the urban hubs of 19th-century America. In England, potteries such as Wedgwood produced enameled porcelain and Jasperware candlesticks, while designers like Georg Jensen of Denmark made modernist pieces out of sterling silver. The most ornate varieties were girandoles, which refer to a Rococo style candlestick or candelabra whose branches incorporated dripping cut-glass crystal used to scatter light throughout a room.

Candelabras were eventually replaced with oil lamps and later the incandescent bulb, but antique candelabras are still highly coveted artifacts.


Quick Facts

  • In the Jewish faith, a Menorah is a seven-branched candelabrum used in the temple and a Hanukiah is a nine-branched candelabrum used for the festival of Hanukkah
  • Liberace, a flamboyant pianist who came to wide-spread popularity during the 1960s and 70s, always played with a candelabrum resting on top of his piano
  • In Paracus, Peru, there is a giant carving of a candelabra in a seaside cliff used by the indigenous population who lived in the area from 1300 BC to 200 CE

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Antique Pair 800 Silver Baroque Candelabras 2,480g
Jul 31, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Pair 800 Silver Baroque Candelabras 2,480g
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$70011 Bids
A Jade & Copper Three-Arm Candelabra, 34cm
Jul 22, 7:00 PM SAST
A Jade & Copper Three-Arm Candelabra, 34cm
by 5th Avenue Auctioneers
Est: R600- R900
R7004 Bids
BRASS CANDLE HOLDERS, OTHER ITEMS
Jul 25, 4:00 PM CDT
BRASS CANDLE HOLDERS, OTHER ITEMS
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$53 Bids
Gio Ponti (Italian, 1891-1979) - Tubular Candle Holder.
Jul 22, 7:00 PM IDT
Gio Ponti (Italian, 1891-1979) - Tubular Candle Holder.
by Pasarel
Est: $300- $600
$1203 Bids
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15 Brass candlesticks
Jul 29, 10:00 AM EDT
15 Brass candlesticks
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $25- $35
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8 Brass candle sticks
Jul 29, 10:00 AM EDT
8 Brass candle sticks
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $40- $60
$102 Bids
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12 Vintage brass candle sticks
Jul 29, 10:00 AM EDT
12 Vintage brass candle sticks
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $100- $200
$402 Bids
A pair of French Empire gilt bronze cand
Jul 25, 10:00 AM BST
A pair of French Empire gilt bronze cand
by Kinghams Auctioneers
Est: £250- £350
£2002 Bids
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3 Pair Brass candlesticks
Jul 29, 10:00 AM EDT
3 Pair Brass candlesticks
by Barry S. Slosberg Inc
Est: $30- $50
$102 Bids
Antique Pair of Silver Candlesticks, Berlin, Germany, Early 19th Century.
Jul 22, 7:00 PM IDT
Antique Pair of Silver Candlesticks, Berlin, Germany, Early 19th Century.
by Pasarel
Est: $600- $1,000
$2402 Bids
(10) Acorns & Pumpkins Votive Candle Holders
Jul 25, 6:00 PM EDT
(10) Acorns & Pumpkins Votive Candle Holders
by Apple Tree Auction Center
Est: $0- $0
$62 Bids
Pair of Tin Candle Holders + Tin Three-Candle Holder
Jul 24, 10:00 AM MDT
Pair of Tin Candle Holders + Tin Three-Candle Holder
by Santa Fe Art Auction
Est: $200- $400
$1202 Bids
A Chrome Metal Nine Branch Standing Candelabra
Jul 23, 6:00 PM AEST
A Chrome Metal Nine Branch Standing Candelabra
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD602 Bids
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ANTIQUE BRASS KALEIDOSCOPIC ROMAN CANDLE STICK BY PALMER AND CO. LONDON
Jul 25, 9:00 AM AEST
ANTIQUE BRASS KALEIDOSCOPIC ROMAN CANDLE STICK BY PALMER AND CO. LONDON
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD202 Bids
19C Pair of Black Forest Wooden Bird Candlesticks
Jul 31, 12:00 PM EDT
19C Pair of Black Forest Wooden Bird Candlesticks
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
Three Georg Jensen Cobra Stainless Steel Candlesticks
Jul 31, 10:00 AM EDT
Three Georg Jensen Cobra Stainless Steel Candlesticks
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $100- $300
$501 Bid
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Pair of Lynn Chase Votive Candleholders, Jaguar Jungle
Jul 30, 2:00 PM EDT
Pair of Lynn Chase Votive Candleholders, Jaguar Jungle
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$101 Bid
PAIR LOUIS XVI MARBLE & BRONZE CANDLESTICKS
Jul 28, 12:00 PM EDT
PAIR LOUIS XVI MARBLE & BRONZE CANDLESTICKS
by Charleston Estate Services Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $700- $800
$101 Bid
Tiffany & Co. and Others Desk Items (8)
Jul 27, 10:00 AM EDT
Tiffany & Co. and Others Desk Items (8)
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $100- $200
$301 Bid
AN INDO-PERSIAN SCRIBAL CANDLESTICK/INKWELL/PENREST, CA. 19TH CENTURY
Jul 28, 1:00 PM EDT
AN INDO-PERSIAN SCRIBAL CANDLESTICK/INKWELL/PENREST, CA. 19TH CENTURY
by Helios Auctions
Est: $450- $550
$3501 Bid
2 PEWTER CANDLE HOLDERS
Jul 25, 4:00 PM CDT
2 PEWTER CANDLE HOLDERS
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid

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Auction Plus, Inc.

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