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Folding candlestick: M.4-2007

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Folding candlestick


Maker: Unknown




Copper alloy, engraved and enamelled white, with small remnants of gilding on the three swivelling legs

Copper alloy, with engraved decoration enamelled in white, and originally gilt. The stem comprises two cylindrical sections divided by a bulbous knop. At the top there is a spike surrounded by a circular wavy-edged drip pan. At the bottom there are three curved legs with stylized animal's head terminals and a circular hole at the upper end. This hole is threaded loosely onto a central bolt and held there by a nut, which permits them to swivel into a tripod stand, or fold together for travelling. The upper and lower parts of the stem are engraved with shallow crossed lines. The knop is deeply engraved with four panels of a geometrical pattern, and each leg on its upper edge by shallow scrolls within an outline, all filled with white enamel (much of it missing). A few very small areas of gilding remain on the legs.


History note: Found in spoil from the Thames Exchange site, London, 1989 (recorded at the Museum of London); bought from Spink, London by the donor about 1990; lent to the Fitzwilliam in 2006 ; allocated to the Fitzwilliam Museum by Cambridge in America

Legal notes

Given by Dr William J. Conte through Cambridge in America

Measurements and weight

Height: 15.7 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2007-03-05) by Conte, William J., Dr


Late 12th or early 13th century
Circa 1175 CE - 1225 CE


If not, English, French

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamel ( probably, white)
Spike To Nut Height 13.8 cm
Between Two Legs Width 13 cm

Materials used in production

Copper alloy

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.4-2007
Primary reference Number: 141823
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 22 November 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 22 November 2022

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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