Six Dutch silver candlesticks

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Set of six Dutch silver candlesticks


Christiaan Mensink

Amsterdam, date letter A (1807-1809)

3264 grams all in; 31 cm high


The beaded and reeded candlesticks on stepped oval bases, rising to tapering stems with vase-shaped sconces and detachable oval nozzles still have the original wood base filling. Fully marked at the exterior of the foot rim with the hallmarks of Koninkrijk Holland.


The silversmith

Christiaan Mensink was born in Zutphen, where he was baptised on 3 January 1768, as son of Hendrik Mensink and Geertruy Egberts. In June 1801 he married Anna Maria Muller. Anna died shortly after the marriage on 21 November 1801 and was buried at Wester Kerkhof in Amsterdam. In October 1802 he married Sebilla Catharina Huenders from Doesburg.


Christiaan Mensink became a member of the Amsterdam silversmiths’ guild around 1804. At that time he had not officially been recorded as a citizen of Amsterdam, like some of his fellow silversmiths in the guild, who had neglected to register themselves as ‘Bataafs burgher or common burgher’.


On 7 April 1812 Mensink was registered by the new assay office, then living at the same address,  Janhansjepad 69, as Pieter Somerwil, a retailer. In this workshop both small and large objects were made. From 1820 Christiaan Mensink lived and worked in Hypolitushoef , where he was active as a silversmith for another ten years.


Christiaan Mensink is known to have made more of this type of candlesticks. However, a set of six is rather rare. In the collection of the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum a set of four candlesticks, made by Mensink in 1810 can be found. At the end of the 18th century designs of candlesticks, pierced baskets, salts and many other objects, published in English sales catalogues found their way to the Netherlands. This model with ‘scheppende voet’ (canoe-shaped base) might have originated in England. The silver- plated model was made by Watson & Bradbury, Sheffield, in 1795.


The Amsterdam-based company Bennewitz & Bonebakker used the term ‘scheppende voet’. Mensink was a supplier of Bennewitz & Bonebakker, not only of candlesticks, but also of other service work.


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– probably collectie Jacob Gieling, Utrecht, 1950

– Particuliere collectie, Nederland



Associate literature:

– Dr. Anne Berendsen, Het Meubel van Gothiek tot Biedermeier, Utrecht, 1950, p. 262 afb. 335.

– Catalogus van Stedelijk Museum ‘ De Lakenhal’, Leiden, 1951, p. 85, nr. 221.

– J.R. ter Molen, Zilver, Rotterdam, 1994

– D. J. Biemond, biografieën, Amsterdams Goud- en Zilversmeden in J. R. de Lorm, Amsterdams Goud en Zilver, Zwolle, 1999, pp. 518-519.

– Barend. J. van Benthem, De werkmeesters van Bennewitz en Bonebakker, Amsterdams grootzilver uit de eerste helft van de 19de eeuw, Zwolle, 2005