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Pair of Signed Meiji Bronze Candle Stands

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Pair of Signed Meiji Bronze Candle Stands
Handsome pair of Japanese bronze candlestands ("shokudai") with hemispherical bases, covered wick containers and trimming “scissors” or snuffers. Meiji period. The tall upright bronze hexagonal shaft rests on a footed base with a high cut-out rim, culminating in a smaller lipped tray with a spike on top for positioning the candle. The spike is surrounded by a raised bronze circular rim to give the candle additional stability. Each candlestick has an engraved mark on bottom of the shaft and on the small tray just below the spike. The patina is wonderful. This pair of candlestands is equipped with hooks to hang snuffers and covered bronze containers to store wicks. The snuffer is in the form of a blunt pair of tweezers, with which the burnt wick is trimmed and removed. Before the advent of electric lights in Japan, candles and linseed oil lanterns were used for light. Japanese candles were made of a vegetable wax, having a wick consisting of a roll of paper. The wick, being hollow, was fitted to the sharp metal spur or “pricket” about an inch long found at the top of the candlestand. Condition is excellent, with only slight wear consistent with age. Overall dimensions: 26 ˝” high, 10” diameter of base.

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