Baroque Silver Giltwood Altar Candlesticks
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Baroque Silver Giltwood Altar Candlesticks

Spain
18th Century
Carved giltwood
Cm 68 high

A matched pair of nicely carved wooden 18th century Spanish Baroque church altar candlesticks. After being carved, they would have been painted with many layers of gesso, and then silver gilded. This created a beautiful but fragile finish, and these candlesticks have nicks and cracks in the gesso, and have lost small pieces of gilding. The silver is also rubbed and scratched, creating a beautiful patina that attests to 200+ years of history. This Baroque style in large size was almost certainly made for use in a church.
 

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