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)
Artist: Master I. C. (probably Jean Court or Jean de Court) (working in the second half of the sixteenth century)Date: ca. 1560–70Medium: Painted enamel on copper, partly giltAccession: 39.66.2On view in:Gallery 544
Artist: Workshop of the Master of the High Foreheads (Atelier aux Grands Fronts)Date: probably early 16th centuryMedium: Painted enamel on copper, partly giltAccession: 14.40.698aOn view in:Gallery 544