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Pair of candlestick - England Regency period
Pair of candlestick - England Regency period - Lighting Style
Ref : 63390
Price on Request
Period :
19th century
Provenance :
Private collection
Medium :
Fluorite (spath fluor); albâtre ; marbre noir ; marbre blanc ; bronze doré ; biscuit de Wedgwood.
Dimensions :
L. 3.15 inch X l. 3.15 inch X H. 13.19 inch
Galerie Anne-Marie Monin

Furniture and Art object of the 18th century

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Pair of candlestick - England Regency period

Each candlestick rests on a pedestal of quadrangular section shaped as a fluorite cube, adorned on the front with a Wedgwood biscuit against a blue background, imitating antique cameos. One cameo depicts a figure of Fame, inscribing the words Elis on a vase partially draped by a female allegory, a dead eagle at her feet. The other one portrays an armed Minerva, wearing a helmet while sitting on a cloud burst. The pedestals rest on a black marble square base, surmounted with an alabaster molding, crowned with a molded abacus overhang, in alabaster as well, topped with a small black marble terrace.

The stem, shaped as a black marble small column, is supported by a white marble cylinder, flanked with molded ormolu bands chased with an undulating design. On the top, a molded white marble drip pan ends in a splayed ormolu nozzle, featuring an identical wavy motif at the base.

These candlesticks, created during the Regency period (1790-1830), are made of fluorite also known as spath fluor. They typically reflect the English production at the time. Their base, identical to our candlesticks, similarly adorned with a Wedgwood biscuit medallion imitating antique cameos, is supporting a vase in spath fluor from Derbyshire. They are now in a private collection .

England was very notorious for its fluorite production throughout Europe, which it owed to the diversity of its minerals as well as its colors. At least six large plants existed, two of them particularly favored by collectors.

The first one was located in Durham, in North East England. This is probably where the very same fluorite used for our pieces originated. Although mining activities were developed in the course of the 18th century, following the purchase in 1692 of Weardale fields by Sir W. Blackett, they had started as early as 1130 with the Alston Moor mine, and the discovery of zinc and lead in the middle of the 17th century. They were particularly appreciated for their olive-green fluorite cubes, partially speckled with small white quartz crystals, sprinkled with shimmering black sphalerite crystals, also present in the base of our candlesticks.

The second exploitation center was located in the county of Derbyshire, in the Midlands East of England. This very old mining field specializing in the extraction of zinc and lead, was shaped like a dome, and stretched over thirty five kilometers. Its fields contained a banded fluorite gangue known as Blue John, highly sought after for decorative arts.

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