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Overall H: 22.2 cm, Diam (max): 19.9 cm
On Display
about 1340-1365
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Purchased with donated funds from the Clara S. Peck Endowment
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Only two enameled and gilded glass candlesticks from the Islamic world are known. Here is one of them. The shape derives from Islamic metalwork. (Bronze candlesticks are relatively common.) The polychrome enamels and the gilding cover so much of the surface that the underlying honey-colored glass is barely visible. The main geometric pattern, consisting of elongated hexagons and five-pointed stars, was widely used in Mamluk art of the late 14th and 15th centuries. The inscription is translated, “Glory to our lord, the sovereign, the learned, the just, the holy warrior, the defender, the protector of the frontiers, the fortified [by Allah], the triumphant, the victorious.” There is no doubt that this object was dedicated to a Mamluk sultan, but scholars are not sure which one.
de Rothschild, Alphonse, Former Collection
de Rothschild, Alfred, Former Collection
de Rothschild, Edouard, Former Collection
Tana Finance Inc., Source
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Almost colorless glass but with yellowish tint, decorated with gilding, and with red, blue, white and light green enamels; blown from two gathers, gilded and enameled. Cylindrical candleholder on truncated conical base; candleholder: plain, rounded rim and vertical wall with tubular cordon at about two-thirds of its height; base: hollow; top slightly sunken with pinched-out ridge at junction with wall; straight, flaring side which splays below pronounced tubular cordon near bottom; rounded lower rim; large pontil scar on underside of top; richly decorated with four zones of gilt and multicolored enamel decoration and one band of gilt inscription which together cover almost whole of outside: (1) on lower part of candleholder, band of three interlaced scrolled arabesques; (2) on top of base, "Syrian ribbon" design of two identical quadripartite lobed panels, interlaced and with gold trefoils in the interstices; (3) occupying upper two-thirds of side of base, nine repeats of overall pattern of large eight-pointed interlaced stars with same motifs halved above and below, and with octagonal fields between them filled with coiled rosettes and remaining spaces filled with five-pointed stars; panels forming arms of eight-pointed stars are filled with leaf motifs; (4) above cordon, gilded Arabic inscription in thuluth characters; (5) below cordon, running leaf scroll.
Glass of the Sultans
Benaki Museum
Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Unity of Islamic Art
Riyadh 1985 through 1985
God is Beautiful and Loves Beauty (2013) illustrated, p. 203, fig. 190a-b; pp. 201-208;
Celebrating David Whitehouse (2013) illustrated, p. 6, second from right; BIB# AI93999
Chemical Analyses of Early Glasses (Volume 3) (2012) pp. 435, 683; BIB# 61154
Window, mirror, and prism (2009-01) illustrated, p. 128;
Corning Museum of Glass (2009-01) illustrated, p. 5; BIB# 109342
Richard La Londe and Friends (2009) illustrated, p.149, right; BIB# 112312
Histoire du Verre: les chefs-d'oeuvre de l'Islam (2007) illustrated, p. 121; BIB# 98424
Big Mamluk Buckets (2005) illustrated, pp. 184-185; color plate 41; BIB# AI68440
Glass in the Islamic World (2001) illustrated, [p. 1, 2, 6];
Glass of the Sultans (2001) illustrated, pp. 270-271, #134; BIB# 68105
The Corning Museum of Glass: A Decade of Glass Collecting 1990-1999 (2000) illustrated, pp. 11, 14, #5; BIB# 65446
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1990 (1991) pp. 3, 6, 8, cover ills.;
Things Not to Miss in the Corning Museum of Glass (1991) illustrated, p. 114-115;
Islamic Works of Art (1990-04-25) pp. 138-141, lot 355;