Monumental Very Early Treen Candlestick
Likely New England, ca 17th to 18th century, for generations in a Stonington Connecticut family.
Original black paint and dark patina on what appears to be chestnut.
Lathe turned in three sections, the pieces fitting sturdily together via carved mortise and tenon joints. The column is baluster turned with incised lines of decoration, supported by a deep-well to the base, to collect wax overflow, and incurved sides. This candlestick emulates base-metal examples of the 17th century and earlier yet being made from skillfully turned wood and massive size elevate to a rarity.
Stands about 17 3/8 inches tall x 9 ¼ diameter base. Tall, straight, and robust, with ancient shrinkage checks in the base. Provenance: private Southern collection.