One of a Pair of Traveling Candlesticks, Copper: formed, engraved, and gilt; champlevé enamel: medium blue, red, and white, French

One of a Pair of Traveling Candlesticks

ca. 1290–1310
Made in Limoges, France
Copper: formed, engraved, and gilt; champlevé enamel: medium blue, red, and white
Overall: 11 1/4 x 3 9/16 in. (28.5 x 9 cm)
Credit Line:
The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
The legs of the candlesticks fold, allowing for flat storage of the object. Seven different coats of arms are represented, but some of them are inaccurately drawn, suggesting they were chosen purely as design motifs rather than armorial bearings.
[ Bourgeois Frères, Cologne (sale, Krings & Lempertz, Cologne, Oct 1904, no. 374)]; Michael Friedsam, New York
Paris. Musée du Louvre. "L'Oeuvre de Limoges," October 23, 1995–January 22, 1996.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Enamels of Limoges, 1100-1350," January 22, 1996–June 16, 1996.

Tableaux anciens et modernes composant la collection Bourgeois Frères. Cologne: J. M. Heberle, October 27–29, 1904. no. 374, pp. 75.

Taburet-Delahaye, Elisabeth, and Barbara Drake Boehm, ed. L'Oeuvre de Limoges: Emaux limousins du Moyen Age. Paris: Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 1995. no. 135, p. 379.

Boehm, Barbara Drake, and Elisabeth Taburet-Delahaye, ed. Enamels of Limoges, 1100-1350. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1996. no. 134, p. 379.