C1730 French Regence Period Brass Candlestick
This early 18th century brass candlestick is Regence: from the Regency of Philip II, Duc d'Orleans, who ruled France during the infancy of Louis XV. It covers the style of the first 30 years of the century. The candlestick is 17.5 cm tall and 9 cm wide. These candlesticks had no drip pans or bobeche. Any running wax pooled in the cupped section near the base of the pillar. The hole enables the servants to remove a candle stub with a bodkin, so it could be melted down again into a new candle. At this time candlesticks would be emptied every morning. They were customarily left empty during the day, and candles were put in when needed at dusk.
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