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French 16th Century, probably Saint-Porchaire (Deux-Sevres), or Paris region
Candlestick
c. 1547/1559
lead-glazed fine earthenware, height: 29.5 cm
diameter of base: 16.6 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington
Widener Collection
Image: French 16th Century, probably Saint-Porchaire (Deux-Sevres), or Paris region
Candlestick, c. 1547/1559
Widener Collection
1942.9.352

This candlestick is another example of rare French ceramics influenced by sixteenth-century European pattern books and prints of Islamic ornament. It is assembled from at least 130 separately formed and decorated parts.

Compare the two bottom tiers of the Saint-Porchaire candlestick to the geometric knotwork in the top band of Pellegrino's woodcut.

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