Great candlestick in triangular pyramidal shape. The large base is supported by pairs of sitting titans, on small niches crowned by domes there are the sculptures of the Doctors of the Church: Saint Jerome, Saint Thomas Aquinas and Saint Ambrose (on one of the torcheres) and Saint Gregory the Great, Saint Bonaventure and Saint Augustine (on the other torchere). The decoration is hybrid, as it is composed by architectonic elements (volutes, rows, acroters), as well as by vegetal elements (thistle, laurel and acanthus) and zoomorphic ones; the presence of putti also dominate the whole piece.


  • Title: Great Candlestick
  • Creator Lifespan: 1697; 1729; 1690 - 1749; 1804; 1752
  • Creator Nationality: Italian; italian; italian
  • Creator Gender: Male; Male; Male
  • Creator Death Place: Rome; Rome; Rome
  • Creator Birth Place: Rome; Rome; Cassano Magnano
  • Date: 1751 - 1752
  • Physical Dimensions: w105 x h285 x d105 cm
  • Provenance: Museu de São Roque/Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa
  • Type: Metalwork
  • Rights: Museu de São Roque/Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa
  • External Link: Museu de São Roque/Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa
  • Medium: Gilt silver and gilt bronze
  • Silversmith; silversmith; sculptor: Giuseppe Gagliardi and Leandro Gagliardi; Giovanni Battista Maini
  • Manufactured: Rome, Italy
  • Comission: This great candlestick and its pair, commissioned in 1744 for the Chapel of Saint John the Baptist, had their designs sent to Lisbon to be approved in the month of January 1745. On the 30th July of the same year its payment started. The great candlesticks, were completed and blessed by the Pope in 1749 before being sent to Portugal.

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