Top of Candlestick

German or French (Lorraine)
second half of 12th century

Object Place: Europe, Lorraine, Germany or France


7.5 x 7.2 x 6.6 cm (2 15/16 x 2 13/16 x 2 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Latten (83.4% copper, 8.7% zinc, 6.2% tin, 1.7% lead)

Not On View





Pan for a candlestick with hole in the center and stem ending in an openwork knop. Hollow cast in one piece and chased. Three dragons with large heads projecting beyond the lip of the pan “climb” the outside, their outstretched legs grabbing the sides and their tails forming an angle at the base. The heads have large snouts and eyes and small pointed ears; bodies are articulated with rough lines. The raised lip of the pan is marked by two engraved lines. Four debased scrolls curving in alternate directions and ending in three folded leaves decorate the top.


Until 1957, M. H. Drey, Ltd., London; 1957, gift of Mrs. R. Drey to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 12, 1957)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. R. Drey