Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Design for a Candlestick in the Antique Manner with a Crayfish

Artist:
Engraved by Anonymous, Italian, 16th century
Artist:
Possibly a copy in reverse after Enea Vico (Italian, Parma 1523–1567 Ferrara) or vice versa
Publisher:
Published by Antonio Salamanca (Salamanca 1478–1562 Rome) or
Publisher:
Antonio Lafreri (French, Orgelet, Franche-Comte ca. 1512–1577 Rome)
Date:
1552 or ca. 1573
Medium:
Engraving (First or Second Edition)
Dimensions:
Plate: 9 3/4 × 7 3/16 in. (24.7 × 18.2 cm)
Classifications:
Albums, Prints, Ornament & Architecture
Credit Line:
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1949
Accession Number:
49.97.455
Not on view
Copy in reverse of a design for a candlestick in the antique manner. The candlestick is characterized by masks of horned sheep and a crayfish on its stem, and two fantastical hybrid figures on either side of a sacrificial scene in low relief on its foot. From a series of designs for candle sticks in the Antique manner thought to have been made by an anonymous artist who published his designs through Antonio Salamanca (1552), and later Lafreri (ca. 1573). A second series exists by the renowned engraver Enea Vico, but it is unclear which was the first to be issued. While Bartsch gives the primacy of the designs to Vico, Fuhring has argued for a reverse order based on the relative poor quality of Vico's prints.
Inscription: '2'
B.XV.492-Copy;TIB.30.326.492-Copy; Fuhring 1989, no. 650; Miller 1999, cat. no. 62a or b, pl. 2
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