Candlestick in the shape of dragon

Medieval (Gothic)
13th–14th century

Object Place: Europe, Germany


7.6 x 10 x 4.1 cm (3 x 3 15/16 x 1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Latten (79.8% copper, 15.1% zinc, 3.2% tin, 1.9% lead)

Not On View





Seated dragon with curled tail and hole in its back. Hollow cast in one piece, and chased. Supported in the front by its legs and in the rear by the tips of its wings, the dragon is frontal with its head facing forward. Crudely incised wings, folded against the body, are indicated by several short curved lines, then two rows of scale-shaped incisions, and a series of parallel lines at the ends. The finely modeled head with slightly open mouth has a long snout, bulbous nose, pronounced brow line, and small ears set far back on the head. The neck is marked by evenly spaced horizontal notches. The large claw feet are roughly modeled, and the tail tapers and becomes flattened toward the end, approximating a half palmette.


1888, Dr. Otto Ernst Julius Seyffer, Stuttgart; March 14, 1888, Seyffer sale, H. G. Gutekunst, Stuttgart, lot 98. Dr. Albert Figdor (b. 1843 - d. 1927), Vienna; September 29, 1930, posthumous Figdor sale, Paul Cassirer, Berlin, lot 455, sold for M 950 to the Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. P7324); October 18, 1930, half-share sold to Arnold Seligmann, Rey and Co., New York; March 11, 1940, half-share sold by Arnold Seligmann, Rey back to Brummer (stock no. N4354); April 21, 1949, Brummer sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, lot 283, to the MFA for $160. (Accession Date: May 12, 1949)

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund