Duques de Montpensier Collection,
Palacio de San Telmo, Seville
Private collection, Andalucía
Each with turned tripod feet and twisted spiral shaft, supporting a segmented pierced disk below a circular ring atop four small curled supports, superb original condition.
Exceptionally rare and of delicate design and petite proportion, these important early gothic candlesticks retain their original gilding, their small dimensions suggesting they were almost certainly used for lighting the domestic interior of the home of a wealthy family, perhaps the study or library.
Previously in the collection of the Dukes of Montpensier, who in 1849 acquired the Palacio de San Telmo in Seville as their official residence (one of the most emblematic buildings of Sevillian Baroque architecture and now the seat of the presidency of the Andalucían Autonomous Government), these beautiful objects are significant surviving examples of medieval Southern Spanish metalwork.