Foot of Candlestick

English (?)
second quarter of 12th century

Object Place: Europe, England


8.5 x 11.1 x 11.4 cm (3 3/8 x 4 3/8 x 4 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Bronze (90.2% copper, 5.7% tin, 4.1% lead, trace of zinc)

Not On View





Openwork tripod base with claw feet and molded knop surrounding a round socket. Cast in one piece and chased. Dogs with open mouths, extended tongues, and long curled tails separate the decoration, which is virtually identical on each of the three sides. Within a central medallion ringed with raised dots is a lion, with upright dotted tail and raised front leg, flanked by two biting dragons with curled tails, the ends of which are bitten by the dogs on the angles. Standing on a dotted ground above the medallion is the Lamb of God. From the dotted arch marking the base of each side emanates an inverted stalk flanked by two debased folded leaves.


1933, Silberman Galleries, New York; May 8, 1933, sold by Silberman to Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. N3115); June 8, 1949, Brummer sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, lot 49, to the MFA for $190 [see note 1]. (Accession Date: June 9, 1949)

[1] This was purchased together with MFA accession no. 49.525.

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund