Sphinxes structure the base of each candlestick, one of which bears the winged man symbolic of St. Matthew, while the other bears the ox representing St. Luke. These bronzes were made in Venice ca. 1500-1525 and are part of a larger ensemble, which includes two further pairs of candlesticks, one in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the other in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Collectively these would have formed an impressive and extensive set of Renaissance altar furniture.
AZ035.1 (St. Luke); AZ035.2 (St. Matthew).
The triangular bases are decorated with sphinxes, the sides are decorated with the angel and ox symbolizing SS Mathew and Luke, and the stems are ornamented with cherubs, acanthus foliage, and rosettes. The pricket candlestick has a metal spike on which the candle rests.