Antique Italian Candle Stand Floor Lamp circa 1890
Carl Moore Antiques
Carl Moore Antique’s Stock# EEJ385
An imposing silver gilt candle stand from Italy circa 1890 now converted to a floor lamp. Please look at the scale of this floor lamp that sits upon an elevated square base and has a column reminiscent of those used in both exterior and interior architecture. The entire candle stand retains its original silver leaf finish with areas where the silver leaf reveals the wooden structure as well as the coating of gesso that gives silver and gold leaf its unique visual texture. The seductive lustre and reflective aspect of the silver leaf creates a glamorous glow whether the lamp is illuminated or seen unlit during the day. Look closely at the four circular feet beneath each corner of the square base to see that they each have the same shape as one of the sections on the upper part of the column. This repetition of the same shape gives a sense of coherence to the entire appearance of the candle stand and is one of the defining features seen in the ruins of the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome that retain their enormous influence in architecture and the decorative arts. The entire column and base are circular in shape and consist of both turned ring sections interspersed with broad and smooth sections. The change in profile between the two give the lamp visual interest and mimic the support function achieved by true architectural columns. There is a very interesting aspect to the section of the column beneath the wide circular drip pan beneath the candle nozzle at the top as this long section is slightly more narrow at the base and the top with the middle section having a slight outward flare. This slight bulge is known as “entasis” and is a characteristic of the earliest remaining columns ever constructed by man. Now of course the candle stand has been rewired as a floor lamp with the nozzle fitted with a socket for a three way standard bulb.
18"dia. x 72"h
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