A Set of Twelve Silver Charming Charles VI Candlesticks from Vienna
The set of twelve small silver candlesticks were produced during the reign of Emperor Charles VI. (1711-1740) and are of outstanding quality.
On a small ring stands a six lobed, slightly curved bowl. From the middle of it a truncated cone arises, which carries a small hexagonal baluster. Under the nodus, the shaft is distinctly retracted. The shaft ends in a hexagonal spout. Each of these twelve candlesticks is engraved on the exterior of the bowl with “CLSHJD 1736”, a property monogram.
Similar, but later, candlesticks from a private collection are published in Manfred Meinz’ „Schönes Altes Silber“ (Meinz 1987, p. 154f, no. 240). In the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts (MAK), there are two similar travel candlesticks .
Since the electricity entered the houses only in the late nineteenth century, the lighting of interior spaces in the evening was mainly provided by candles. Stands and mountings for these were, therefore, mandatory household items, which were taken on journeys as well. During the Baroque period, they are more often made in silver. The metal reflected the candle light very good, amplifying in this way the effect of light. The shape of the candlesticks always corresponded to the occasion they were used. The present ones were, for example, thought to be also the so-called nightstand candlesticks, which were carried in hand when going from the living rooms to the bedrooms. The cup-shaped base indicates this. This form had developed at the end of the seventeenth century and was partly used even with handles throughout the eighteenth century.
This set of twelve candlesticks belonged to the well-known art dealer and collector Reinhold Hofstätter, Vienna, who died in 2013.
Maker: Carl Joseph Beer (Behr).
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