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Candlestick in the shape of dragon

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Seated dragon with curled tail and hole in its back. Hollow cast in one piece, and chased. Supported in the front by its legs and in the rear by the tips of its wings, the dragon is frontal with its head facing forward. Crudely incised wings, folded against the body, are indicated by several...

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Provenance

1888, Dr. Otto Ernst Julius Seyffer, Stuttgart; March 14, 1888, Seyffer sale, H. G. Gutekunst, Stuttgart, lot 98. Dr. Albert Figdor (b. 1843 - d. 1927), Vienna; September 29, 1930, posthumous Figdor sale, Paul Cassirer, Berlin, lot 455, sold for M 950 to the Brummer Gallery, New York (stock no. P7324); October 18, 1930, half-share sold to Arnold Seligmann, Rey and Co., New York; March 11, 1940, half-share sold by Arnold Seligmann, Rey back to Brummer (stock no. N4354); April 21, 1949, Brummer sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, New York, lot 283, to the MFA for $160. (Accession Date: May 12, 1949)

Credit Line

William Francis Warden Fund

German, Medieval (Gothic), 13th–14th century

Object Place

Germany

Dimensions

7.6 x 10 x 4.1 cm (3 x 3 15/16 x 1 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

49.464

Medium or Technique

Latten (79.8% copper, 15.1% zinc, 3.2% tin, 1.9% lead)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Metalwork