Wednesday, 11 May 2016
Recognise this? Well you ought to. It's one of the 6 inch candles used on the sets of 'Wolf Hall' recently. It was given to me by an antique dealer friend. He has about 100 more.
They wanted to have a big, fat flame which would be picked up by the cameras easily in natural light, so they had them made with thick, plaited wicks. The trouble with this is that they burn so large that they give off a lot of black smoke - just like the real tallow candles of the time - so you can only really use them outside for garden parties.
They filmed Wolf Hall in some lovely National Trust properties, but got into trouble by blackening some of the ceilings in them with all those candles. There were big cleaning bills by specialist cleaners.
I don't know how many candles they had left unburnt at the end of filming, but there must be quite a few. I am told they spent £23,000 on candles. That is a heck of a lot of candles. I'm giving this one to a friend who has a large garden with integral barbecue.
Posted by Tom Stephenson at 06:51