It appears during the stay of the popes in avignon. An object of first necessity in the dark churches, the candlestick was made an episcopal insignia by giving it a special form, and a job determined by the headings. It is usually a silver instrument with a real wax candle lit even if the time is clear. It is equipped with a narrow and long handle so that the hand of the acolyte is not too close to the book and the face of the prelate.
Every time the prelate reads, he must have the candlestick near him. But we must take into account the precedence between the various prelates...
At the solemn offices, the cleric who wears the candlestick can put on the chape of the color of the ornaments of the office, but he must not wear any gloves or bar... He stands to the left of the bishop, and after having performed his function, he places the candlestick on the credence.
At the altar, he must place himself near the missel. It must always accompany the book holder, but it is dispensed from genuflections. He sits to the left of the book holder.
He holds the candlestick at the height of the book which he illuminates, either with his right hand or with his two hands leaning on his left arm. For a long time this instrument has no longer been used in the liturgy.
But a few copies still sleep in sacristies. It is important to identify them, and keep them as valuable objects.In french solid silver "minerve", this very old hand candlestick is decorated with fleur-de-lis and has a crown ornamentation that seems super imposed, like the mark of ownership of a royal family. The hallmarks are extremely rare, in particular the master's diamond hallmark, the origin of which i have not been able to find, despite research in specialized books. This maker's mark features a crowded bird and the initials ed. For an object of this type, its dimensions are clear impressive and it weighs heavy (232 g). This item is in the category "art, antiques\ objects of xixe and before". The seller is "diversiflor" and is located in this country: fr. This item can be shipped to the following country: whole world.