Photos: Arts and Crafts Oak Candlesticks from Carmarthen Showground

I spent the best part of this damp morning at Carmarthen Showground Antiques and Flea market distributing the 2010 Wales Antiques Guide. A side benefit of this is getting in early before the civilians, and having a good look around the stalls and meeting the mostly laconic and downbeat stall holders.

The goods on offer were piled high and of a pretty good standard; with more cash I would have come home with a lot more that I did.

So here’s the star lot; one pair of arts and crafts candlesticks, oak, carved, 16 inches high and probably late 19th or early 20th century. I’m unable to identify the maker but I suspect a Welsh connection. I guess they could possibly be made for ecclesiastical use though I’d have expected something a little more ‘gothic revival’.

Paul Williams

This is the blog of Paul Williams, Ceredigion resident since 1970. I am an English and Philosphy graduate of what was once known as St David's University College, at Lampeter. I played bass in Dyfed's first punk band, and living in Llandewi Brefi, had a grandstand view of Operation Julie. Eventually, after 2 years playing bass in Brighton's 256th punk band, I returned to Wales to deal in books and then antiques. I've trained and worked as a counsellor, I am a photographer, blog and web designer and I publish the annual Wales Antiques Guide. I am married and a father of one. Apart from my family, my interests include books, maps, Nikon, Yashica and Mamiya film cameras, British Culture 1935 - 1965, Poole pottery, Welsh textiles, and Poster art. My favourite movies include anything by Pressburger and Powell favourite music includes Gene Clark, Gram Parsons, and anything form San Francisco 1965-1970. I am a late convert to 'Kraut Rock'.

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4 Responses

  1. Ian says:

    No doubt it’s all in the photography but great coloured wood.

  2. Yes thay have some lovely colour; the first image is oddly soft. I’m not sure why this should be as the original image is sharp. Probably WordPress applying its own aesthetic values…

  3. Hi Paul, I quite like those. They look like they belong in a church or monastery dont they. Stumbled on your site whilst surfing ‘ceredigion art’, keep up the good work, Chris

  4. Hi Chris, thanks for looking…
    Yes they do have a monastic feel; I could imagine them holding flickering candles in a draughty hall.
    I took a look at your site and your work (at if anyone else wnats to look!) and enjoyed my visit. Keep in touch; maybe we could swap some links?

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