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Exhibitions and records of works of art

Prince Albert recognised the importance of photography to record and document notable exhibitions and works of art


A pair of enamelled candlesticks with biblical scenes

c. 1855

Albumen print? | RCIN 2864532

Photograph of a pair of enamelled candlesticks by Pierre Reymond (1513-84), created in 1564 and now in the collection of the Louvre, Paris (MR 2507 and MR 2506).

The candlestick on the left consists of a domed foot, a knopped stem and a circular top flange.The stem is decorated with grotesques, mermen and foliate motifs, while the Biblical scene of the death of Absalom dominates the base. Absalom's is shown hanging by his hair from a tree branch as his mule runs away. The candlestick on the right is photogrpahed on its side, perhaps to make a larger part of the decorated base visible. The scene depicts the harvest through the Biblical story of Ruth and Boaz. The upper part of the object is omitted from the frame.

  • Creator(s)

    Charles Thurston Thompson (1816-68)


    After Reymond, Pierre (artist)

  • Acquired by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

  • Subject(s)
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Home economics
        • Furniture & accessories
          • Furnishings
            • Lighting Devices
              • Candle holders
                • Candlesticks