Pricket Candlestick with Fantastic Creatures, Gilt copper alloy, rock crystal, South Netherlandish

Pricket Candlestick with Fantastic Creatures

Date:
ca. 1150–75, with later restoration
Geography:
Made in Meuse Valley, South Netherlands
Culture:
South Netherlandish
Medium:
Gilt copper alloy, rock crystal
Dimensions:
Overall: 8 9/16 x 4 1/4 x 4 5/8 in. (21.8 x 10.8 x 11.7 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork-Copper alloy
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1950
Accession Number:
50.22.2
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 304
Three hybrid winged creatures emerge from abstract feet to form these candlesticks. Their appearance suggests that the artist intended to symbolize the ability of light to chase away the powers of darkness.
Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York (September 25, 1947, no. 120, to Koenigsberg); [ Nicolas de Koenigsberg II, New York (1947–sold 1950)]
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Eighty-First Annual Report of the Trustees for the Fiscal Year 1950." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, n.s., 10, no. 1 (Summer 1951). p. 26.