German 12th century
A German 12th century bronze Samson candlestick
Cast in the round, chased, and with old patina. Designed as a figure of a man with a candlestick issuing from his back riding on a stylised lion and gripping the animal's mouth with his hands. The composition of this piece follows that of the complex German Samson candlesticks of this type from the 12th-13th century, but in a more simplified form.
The lion's front right paw defective. Three minor losses to the body of the figure. Two rectangular openings to the underside. Some wear. Height 17 cm.
Written correspondence from Ulrich Middeldorf, Florence, 9.1.1976.
Italian private collection.
For more information on this type cf. Otto von Falke, Erich Meyer: Romanische Leuchter und Gefäße. Gießgefäße der Gotik, Berlin 1935, p. 106, no. 252-264, pl. 90-97. For pieces comparable in style cf. ibid.: p. 105, no. 236, pl. 85 (rider candlestick, German, 12th-13th C.).