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Heraldic Pricket

Location

FRANCE, LIMOGES or
Limousin Workshop working in Spain

Title

Heraldic Pricket

Date

14th c.

Materials

Gilded copper, champlevé enamel

Dimensions

14.6 cm (h.), 10.2 cm (diam.)

Credits

Gift of Miss Olive Hosmer, inv. 1950.51.Dm.5

Collection

Decorative Arts and Design

This candlestick is distinguished by its pricket, or spike, that was used to hold a candle in place. The pricket is supported by a hexagonal base decorated with alternating coats-of-arms and fantastical beasts. Though the use of champlevé enamel in blue, green and red suggests that it was perhaps made in Limoges, France, there are other indications that reveal Spanish origins. Most prominently, the frontal coat-of-arms divided into four quadrants is that of Castilla y León, indicating this object had some connection to Spanish royalty.

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