Rarely Found Trumpet Candlestick with Ball Knop
England, ca. 1625-1675
A particularly fine and rare example, with very broad base relative to the height, ribbed column, and no central drip pan, rather a bold ball knop. The ball knop was probably due to better burning tallow candles of the period, leading makers to believe that the drip pan could be eliminated. The ball also made the stick easier to hold. The ribbed form transitions from the plain shafts of the mid-17th century Commonwealth Period in which decoration of any kind was frowned upon, to a slightly later period as an artful pushback to earlier Puritan simplicity.
About 5 ¾ inches tall; diameter 5 1/8. Exceptional condition.
See Fire and Light, Caspall, page 98, and the celebrated Lear Collection, figure 115, for nearly identical examples.
Feels great in hand.