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Candlesticks

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Nn,7.16.6

  • Title (series)

    • Candlesticks
  • Description

    Plate 1: candlestick with draped women standing on a pedestal adorned with festoons hanging from bucrania, and eagles below. 1552 Engraving

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1552
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 250 millimetres
    • Width: 174 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered bottom centre 'Romae MDLII.'
  • Curator's comments

    From a series of plates representing candlesticks. The plates are numbered 1 to 4, with the fifth plate unnumbered but bearing Salamanca's address (see 1873,0111.68). The BM also keeps a a sixth plate (1873,0111.67), unnumbered and bearing Salamanca's excudit, which is not described by Bartsch or Miller (see below) but appears to belong to the same series. Indeed, Guilmard (p.289) mentions a set of six candlesticks bearing Salamanca's excudit as well as the date 'Roma MDLII'; he however attributes that set to Enea Vico. The sixth plate is also illustrated in 'Ornamentprenten in het Rijksprentenkabinet', volume I, 1988, cat. No.664-2.

    Bartsch (vol. XV, p.368) believed these plates to be copies in reverse after Enea Vico - with Vico's vases lit from the left and the copies lit from the right. However, Fuhring (see his review in Print Quarterly vol VI, No.3, September 1989, pp.322-334, No.652) and Miller ('16th-century Italian ornament prints in the Victoria and Albert Museum', 1999, cat. No. 62a), noting the superiority of the alleged copies, suggest these are the originals and that Enea Vico's plates are, in fact, the copies.
    Miller records two editions of this anonymous set: one published by Salamanca in 1552, and another published in the early 1570s by Antonio Lafrery. Fuhring also mentions another edition published by Pietro de' Nobili.

    The motif of the draped women supporting a vessel on this design is copied after Marcantonio's censer (1868,0822.56)

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  • Bibliography

    • Berlin 1939 1126 (under Vico) bibliographic details
    • Guilmard 1880/1 289.24 (under Vico) bibliographic details
    • Bartsch XV.367.491 (as copy after Vico) bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Italian XVIc Unmounted Roy)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1835

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    Nn,7.16.6

  • Additional IDs

    • 1835,0711.17
Antique candlestick depicting two woman and two eagles, after Vico. 1552 Engraving

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Antique candlestick depicting two woman and two eagles, after Vico. 1552 Engraving

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