A candelabra is a multi-branched candelstick for use on a large table. In addition to the central stem, they may have between two and six branches. Long ago made redundant through electrification, their purpose these days is decorative. They were sometimes made in sets of two or more., although very few sets have survived. Most commonly they were made in silver and silver plate from the mid 17th century, but other materials used were ceramic and pewter. Silver candelabra often had a flame shaped finial that fitted in each candle socket when the candlelabra was not in use. As an aid to cleaning, the ornate arms are often removeable. The plural of candelabra is either candelabra or candelabrum
A pair of Empire style gilt bronze and alabaster candelabra, late 19th century, of elegant form, the slender central stem with an urn and snuff issuing two sinuous arms with berries, leaf and scrolls supporting garland draped urns, further decorated with c
A pair of gilt bronze candelabra in the Louis XV style. Later 19th century. The four light candelabra pair with a central vegetal stem issuing three sinuous leafy arms supporting cast dishes with ornamented bobeches, supported on a rocaille base with pierc
A fine pair of French gilt bronze and porcelain candelabra, 19th century. Lavishly cast and pierced, the scrolling five arm candelabra embellished with vine leaves, fruits and flowers, with a globular porcelain stem painted with putti to a floral porcelain
A pair of French Empire gilt bronze three branch table candelabra of classical form with cast upswept arms of acanthus leaves, terminating in foliate sconces and supported on drip trays with continuous scrolled and pierced decoration, 65 cm high
A pair of French bronze and marble candelabra, 19th century, in the rococo manner with provision for five candles comprising a decorative urn form stem below four foliate scrolled upswept arms supporting leaf form dishes and capitals, the whole raised on a
A pair of gilt metal five-light candelabra, French, late 19th century, each comprising a baluster shaped deep blue vase, filled with scrolling branches, cast flower heads, buds and foliage, rams head mounts, supported on gilt metal shaped base with scrolli
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