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Candlestick, metal

Museum number: X155

Curatorial note

This candlestick is thought to be early 19th century (contemporary with Soane) and is identical to X228 and X229. It seems unlikely that the missing pair of candlesticks MR73 and MR75, described as 'small' 'bronze' candlesticks in the 1837 AB Inventory, could be two of these three.

The existence of three identical plain candlesticks which do not appear in the original inventories may indicate that these are the remnants of what was perhaps a larger group used around the house in Soane's time but considered too mundane to be included in the works of art inventory and not appropriate for inclusion in the separate inventory of furniture and fittings. Note that the one surviving Soane period lamp also does not appear in the 1837 records. It is worth noting that the two of the three (X228 and X229) which are placed high up in the NW corner of the entrance hall, fixed back to 19th century brass-headed pins, appear in that position in Soane's lifetime (1834-35 views). They were presumably used when additional lighting was required in the Hall at night and fixed back so that they would not be knocked off when servants climbed up to insert, light or extinguish candles.


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