Candlestick

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

Date

1685-1691

GUSN

GUSN-67333

Description

Pewter candlestick with an urn-shaped shaft, triangular base, ramshead feet, and a dish-shaped bobeche.

Details

Descriptive Terms

candlesticks
casting (process)
tin (metal)
earthenware
Candlestick

Label

"Cherished Possessions": In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, durable, lightweight, and colorfully-decorated white Chinese porcelain was the most highly prized of all ceramics. Until Europeans learned how to make porcelain, they imitated its appearance in earthenware coated with an opaque white lead glaze and colored with tin oxides. Tin-glazed earthenware became popular in the seventeenth century and was called “Delftware” after one of the centers of production.Lambertus Cleffus, owner of the Metal Pot pottery (De Metalen Pot) in Delft from 1667 until his death in 1691, marked the bottom of this unusually grand object with his initials.

Associated Building

Original to Codman House (Lincoln, Mass.),

Maker

Cleffus , Lambertus , d. 1691 (Maker)

Location of Origin

Delft, Holland

Object Type

Lighting Device

Dimensions

10 1/8 x 6 x 6 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Bequest of Dorothy S.F.M. Codman

Accession Number

1969.1226.1