M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
RARE & FINE PAIR of ENAMEL on COPPER TAPERSTICK
South Staffordshire or Birmingham, England, c1760-65
The small white-ground tapersticks with gilt-edged octolobed fixed sconces, the baluster shaped stems
made in two sections and joined with a finely gadrooned gilt bronze mount,
the elongated sockets exquisitely painted with gilt-edged en camaieu puce
classical vignettes of figures in landscapes with castle towers,
the embossed bases painted en suite with six gilt-rimmed figures and their animals in landscape vignettes,
alternating with blue anthemionm above a gilt bronze-edged reeded and fluted base
Tapersticks are much rarer than candlesticks and seldom seen prior to the Queen Anne period.
In use until the 1770's when wax jacks became popular, they are usually found as singles rather than in pairs.
"A taperstick is a type of utensil similar to and usually in the style of various types of candlestick but smaller,
and used to hold a taper (a thin candle).
They usually exist singly and not as one of a pair since one is usually sufficient for the intended use.
The socket is sometimes lined with paper in order to hold securely the tall thin taper.
The taper, (made of wax and non odorous) was used mainly for melting sealing wax and for lighting candles, tobacco pipes etc.,
and not as a source of illumination;
hence the piece was sometimes called a 'tobacco candlestick'".(V&A)
Condition : Excellent;
some small cracks to the enamel; some minor excellent and invisible restoration :
one to three of the petals of the drip pan and white enamel just above the gilt metal knop;
the other by the knop and a small crack just above the foot, to one petal of the drip pan; slight variance in height
the rather minute painting of the highest quality - enlarged images are shown below
The Pair : 6 .5" High
Price : Please Inquire
Oversize Images - These Tapersticks Are 6.5" High
Of related interest, also see below:
Shown Above :
Pair 18th Century Silver Neoclassical Tapersticks / Pair c1760-5 South Staffordshire Enamel on Copper Tapersticks / George III Silver Wax Jack
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