Candlestick with Two Ignudi on Top of a Vase with Lion Heads
Design for a candlestick with two ignudi seen from the back, supporting a basin and standing on top of a vase. The vase is decorated is decorated with masks in the shape of lion's heads. The foot of the candlestick has a nautical theme and is decorated with doplhins, masks and harps. From a series of designs for candlesticks in the Antique manner, thought to have been made by an anonymous artist who published his designs through Antonio Salamanca (1552), and later Lafreri (ca. 1573). A second series exists by the renowned engraver Enea Vico, but it is unclear which was the first to be issued. While Bartsch gives the primacy of the designs to Vico, Fuhring has argued for a reverse order based on the relative poor quality of Vico's prints.
Anonymous, Italian, 16th century