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Candlestick (one of a pair)

Artist:
Master I. C. (probably Jean Court or Jean de Court) (working in the second half of the sixteenth century)
Engraver:
After engravings by Heinrich Aldegrever (German, Paderborn ca. 1502–1555/1561 Soest)
Date:
ca. 1560–70
Culture:
French, Limoges
Medium:
Painted enamel on copper, partly gilt
Dimensions:
Height: 6 in. (15.2 cm); Diameter: 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)
Classification:
Enamels
Credit Line:
Gift of Ann Payne Blumenthal, 1939
Accession Number:
39.66.1
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 544
The processions of infants on the drip pans were taken from engravings by the anonymous Italian Master of the Die (active ca. 1532). The labors of Hercules depicted on the repoussé medallions around the base of one of the candlesticks are after engravings by
the German Heinrich Aldegrever (1502–after 1555); gods of classical antiquity fill the medallions on the other example.
Signature: On rim of drip pan: I. C.
Horace Walpole , London (until 1842; sale, April 25–May 21, 1842, no. 60) ; Hollingworth Magniac , Colworth (until 1892; Hollingworth Magniac sale, Christie, Manson & Wood, July 2–4, 1892, no. 245); Edward Steinkopff , London (until 1935; Edward Steinkopff sale, Christie, Manson and Wood, May 22, 1935, no. 38); Ann Payne Blumenthal (until 1939; to MMA)
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