Candlestick (one of a pair)

Artist: Master I. C. (probably Jean Court or Jean de Court) (working in the second half of the sixteenth century)

Engraver: After engravings by Heinrich Aldegrever (German, Paderborn ca. 1502–1555/1561 Soest)

Date: ca. 1560–70

Culture: French, Limoges

Medium: Painted enamel on copper, partly gilt

Dimensions: Height: 6 in. (15.2 cm); Diameter: 7 1/4 in. (18.4 cm)

Classification: Enamels

Credit Line: Gift of Ann Payne Blumenthal, 1939

Accession Number: 39.66.1


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.