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Candle-sticks, pair; mother of pearl, brass, silver. Construction method: internal brass reinforcing bands overlaid with mother of pearl plaques, secured with silver pins. Made from plaques of the marine snail 'Turbo marmoratus'; each candlestick with a spreading foot and drum base, the plaques are shaped and arranged in a lozenge pattern above lappets, the remaining are rectangular; each bulb-shaped socket with a silver rim.The form based on late Mamluk prototypes of the 'Veneto-Saracenic' type.
- Production date
Height: 215 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Part of a garniture with a pair of candlesticks (OA+2643, 1-2), one basin (OA+2644), one bottle (OA+ 2642). Each section of the garniture marked underneath 'FB'.
For commentary on Gujarati mother-of-pearl work made for the export market, see: Jaffer, A., 'Luxury Goods from India', Victoria and Albert Museum Publications, 2002, cat. nos. 5, 11-14. For a comparable set in the V&A of a pair of ewers and a pair of basins, see cat. no. 11
( 4282-1857; 4283-1857; 4257-1857; 4258-1857).
For another examples of this form, see: 'Exotica: The Portuguese Discoveries and the Renaissance Kunstkammer', exh. cat., Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, 2001-2002, cat. no. 26, pp. 123-4 and references.
British Museum Magazine, Number 55, Summer 2006, p15
The British Museum Technical Research Bulletin, Vol. 1, 2007, pp1-8
Compare dish and ewer and candlesticks Christie's Paris 16 June 2015 lots 102 and 105.
- On display (G46/dc15)
- Middle East
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