Medieval (Late Gothic)
15th–early 16th century (?)


9 x 3.5 x 3.3 cm (3 9/16 x 1 3/8 x 1 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Silver (various pieces: 86.4-89% silver, 10.6-13.6% copper, up to .5% lead, up to a trace of gold)

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Socket candlestick with straight stem with two molded knops attached to a hollow, incurved conical base resting on three hollow ball feet. Cast in several pieces, soldered, and turned and incised on a lathe. The slightly tapered round socket, cast in one piece, has a convex molding at the top and horizontal openings at the bottom for extraction of wax. Three concentric incised circles decorate the outside of the base, which consists of two pieces soldered together. It is attached with a screw that extends up to the first knop of the stem.


Until 1967, Hugo Oelze (d. 1967), Amsterdam; 1967, by inheritance to his brother, Dr. F. W. Oelze, Germany [see note 1]; 1968, sold by Dr. Oelze to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 13, 1968)

[1] Per MFA curatorial recommendation letter of March 13, 1968 by Hanns Swarzenski.

Credit Line

Gift of Dr. F. W. Oelze, in memory of Dr. Hugo Oelze