- Museum number
- Series: Candlesticks
Plate 1: candlestick with draped women standing on a pedestal adorned with festoons hanging from bucrania, and eagles below. 1552
- Production date
Height: 250 millimetres
Width: 174 millimetres
- 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)
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Prints and Drawings
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- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 1835,0711.17