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candlestick

Painted Limoges enamel candlestick; copper; holder, large pan and base decorated with twelve oval bosses; stem decorated with bearded man in armour and woman dressed like Diana in a chariot; two horses ahead led by a woman; behind chariot a train of musicians and dancers; foot: bosses show: Mars; Hercules and Antaeus; Mercury; Hercules and the Lernean Hydra; Apollo; Hercules rescuing Deianeira from Nessus; Juno?/Ceres? with thunderbolt; Hercules with the world on his shoulders; Bacchus; Hercules killing Nessus; ?The Rape of Hippolyta; Hercules subduing the hind of Ceryneia; painted in semi-opaque enamels over a white preparation, translucent enamels over coloured foils and grisaille of grey-white with pink flesh tones; details in enlevage and gilding; all on black ground, powdered minutely with gilding.

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Painted Limoges enamel candlestick; copper; holder, large pan and base decorated with twelve oval bosses; stem decorated with bearded man in armour and woman dressed like Diana in a chariot; two horses ahead led by a woman; behind chariot a train of musicians and dancers; foot: bosses show: Mars; Hercules and Antaeus; Mercury; Hercules and the Lernean Hydra; Apollo; Hercules rescuing Deianeira from Nessus; Juno?/Ceres? with thunderbolt; Hercules with the world on his shoulders; Bacchus; Hercules killing Nessus; ?The Rape of Hippolyta; Hercules subduing the hind of Ceryneia; painted in semi-opaque enamels over a white preparation, translucent enamels over coloured foils and grisaille of grey-white with pink flesh tones; details in enlevage and gilding; all on black ground, powdered minutely with gilding.

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