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Pricket candlestick (one of a pair)

Workshop of Vincenzo Grandi (mentioned 1507–1577/78)
and Gian Gerolamo Grandi (1508–1560)
ca. 1545–50
Italian, Trent or Padua
Bronze, partially gilded
Overall (confirmed): 36 1/4 × 12 × 13 in. (92.1 × 30.5 × 33 cm)
Credit Line:
Ann and George Blumenthal Fund, 1973
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 502
Analogies of texture and composition (figures from which a Byzantine stiffness has not altogether disappeared) between these and three flagpole stands by Alessandro Leopardi in Piazza S. Marco, Venice, permit an attribution of the candlesticks at least to Leopardi’s sphere of influence. The candlesticks were part of a set of six for an altar. Two with reliefs of Saints Matthew and Luke are in the Pierpont Morgan Library, and two with Saints Mark and John are in the Victoria and Albert Museum.
[ Lowengaard , London, until 1904 or 1906; sold to Morgan ] ; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (from 1904 or 1906) ; Morgan Library & Museum , New York (until 1973; sold to MMA)
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