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Pair of Tall Antique English Pokerwork Candlesticks England circa 1880

A pair of tall and slender antique English candlesticks carved with poker work decoration from England circa 1880. These elegant candlesticks have been embellished with a style of surface adornment known as "poker work". This technique relies on using iron tools heated to a high temperature that then press into the wood creating a mark that is arranged into a coherent pattern. Because the actual charred area is darker than the surrounding wood there is a distinct change in appearance. Poker work was a popular past time especially during the long cold winter months when staying indoors was the best option. It did not take any special training to do poker work but there is a definite difference in the amount of skill exhibited between various examples. The lovely balance of the pattern seen on these candlesticks shows a deft appreciation for symmetry and complementary repetition as these candlesticks are seen from all directions and the pattern must make visual sense. Whether used for actual candles or displayed as artifacts in themselves these candlesticks add a unique presence wherever they are placed.

# EEJ317

DIMENSIONS

7.00" w x 7.00" d x 21.00" h

17.78cm w x 17.78cm d x 53.34cm h

$1,218.00

A pair of tall and slender candlesticks carved with poker work decoration from England c.1880. These elegant candlesticks have been embellished with a style of surface adornment known as "poker work". This technique relies on using iron tools heated to a high temperature that then press into the wood creating a mark that is arranged into a coherent pattern. Because the actual charred area is darker than the surrounding wood there is a distinct change in appearance. Poker work was a popular past time especially during the long cold winter months when staying indoors was the best option. It did not take any special training to do poker work but there is a definite difference in the amount of skill exhibited between various examples. The lovely balance of the pattern seen on these candlesticks shows a deft appreciation for symmetry and complementary repetition as these candlesticks are seen from all directions and the pattern must make visual sense. Whether used for actual candles or displayed as artifacts in themselves these candlesticks add a unique presence wherever they are placed.