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Overall H: 22.2 cm, Diam (max): 20.4 cm
On Display
about 1340-1365
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Purchased with donated funds from the Clara S. Peck Endowment Fund
Web Description: 
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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Candlestick. Almost colorless, with yellowish tinge. Blown from two gathers, applied, gilded, enameled in red, blue, white, and light green. Candlestick with cylindrical candle holder on truncated conical base. Candle holder: 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 that splays below pronounced tubular cordon near bottom; rounded lower rim; large pontil scar on underside of top. Richly decorated with four zones of gilded and multicolored enamel decoration and one band of gilded inscription that together cover almost whole of outside: (1) on lower part of candle holder, 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
Corning Museum of Glass
Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Unity of Islamic Art
Riyadh 1985 through 1985
Making Sense of Islamic Art & Architecture (2015) illustrated, p. 127; BIB# 140656
Celebrating David Whitehouse (2013) illustrated, p. 6, second from right; BIB# AI93999
God is Beautiful and Loves Beauty (2013) illustrated, p. 203, fig. 190a-b; pp. 201-208;
Chemical Analyses of Early Glasses (Volume 3) (2012) pp. 435, 683; BIB# 61154
Window, mirror, and prism (2009-01) illustrated, p. 128; BIB# AI77118
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
Things Not to Miss in the Corning Museum of Glass (1991) illustrated, p. 114-115; BIB# AI30136
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1990 (1991) pp. 3, 6, 8, cover ills.; BIB# AI96379
Islamic Works of Art (1990-04-25) pp. 138-141, lot 355; BIB# 10150