Rare THREE KINGS Brass Candlestick
Northwest Europe, ca. 15th century (yes, more than 5-centuries old!). A tour-de-force of form and function. The double socketed candle arm centered by a central threaded double-knopped post, peened to a raised-walled well above an incurved base. The shaped flaring arms lead to angular sockets of small size. Fine condition, with the double-arm threading worn from use such that it rests at its bottom position, the joinery underneath reinforced by re-peening, and expected minor bumps. For a virtually identical example, see Old Domestic Base-Metal Candlesticks, Michaelis, page 54, fig 55. Also, Koper and Brons, RIJKSMuseum, Amderstam. fig 144; Fire and Light, Caspall, page 81, fig 140, and The Lear Collection: A Study of Copper-Alloy Socket Candlesticks, A.D. 200-1700, Bangs, pp. 70 and 220. Center post about 12 inches tall; 9 to the top of the candlesockets. Base diameter about 4 ½ inches. Such a thrilling rarity.