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Pewter candlestick with an urn-shaped shaft, triangular base, ramshead feet, and a dish-shaped bobeche.
"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.
Original to Codman House (Lincoln, Mass.),
Cleffus , Lambertus , d. 1691
10 1/8 x 6 x 6 (HxWxD) (inches)
Bequest of Dorothy S.F.M. Codman