Master IC (French, Limoges, active ca. 1550–75)
Painted enamel on copper, partly gilded; H. 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Gift of Ann Payne Blumenthal, 1939 (39.66.1,2)
The sheer profusion of motifs and the interweaving of often disparate forms into a plausible whole were much-admired characteristics of French Renaissance design. The horror vacui principle, leaving no inch of surface bare, is well illustrated in this pair of candlesticks, decorated with classical gods, cupids, terms, and swags.