One of the features in our third Jamb Journal focuses on a very exciting collaboration that Jamb undertook with the masters of scent and enduring design; Moro Dabron, together we created the Jamb Candle.
Proudly Presenting the Limited Edition Jamb Candle in collaboration with Moro Dabron
13 May 2023
It was a hugely exciting journey for us, and we spent a year designing the bronze vessel exterior,reflecting on the inspiration we had gathered from past visits to Europe’s finest museums, such as Berlin’s Neueu’s museum, and the Archaeological museum located in our beloved Corfu.
The final design however, was ultimately inspired by the hub of an ancient Egyptian chariot, found in the British Museum, after spending many afternoons there.
The vessel is reminiscent of artefacts procured by British Aristocrats during the Grand Tour era of the early 19th Century, which as Aimee Farrell described in The New York Times Magazine, “evokes the feeling of an exhumed treasure, a memento of the ancient world and exotic Grand Tours.”
The limited edition candles, are created through many hand- crafted stages, that perfect each individual piece, so ultimately not one candle is ‘exactly' the same. Each vessel therefore is richly textured and unique, evoking a long lost ancient artefact, laid still on the bottom of the sea bed for centuries.
It is cast, using the ancient lost wax process, techniques that are used in many of the Jamb globe and hanging lanterns and laboriously hand-patinated in a richly textured roman bronze surface, using a multi-step process honed at our workshops in London, which replicates the patination of ancient verde gris patina.
Collaborating with the masters of craftsmanship and perfumery, Austin Moro and Eliza Dabron, was an unforgettable experience. Perfecting ‘ the scent’ was also fascinating, as we had to learn the vernacular of scent to be able to say what we like and disliked to form an edit. Many visits were made to perfect the layered smoky fragrant scent, with notes of olibanum, cade, smoke, precious woods, black pepper and amber. The scent evokes the ambience of the English Country House, that Jamb is synonymous with and brings to mind the aroma of a steady log fire, burning in a room full of antique furniture, tapestries and ancient books.
We photographed the candle amongst the Grand Tour objects in our at home London, depicted exquisitely by Christopher Horwood.
Once the candle has completed the burning journey, the bronze vessel remains to be repurposed, evoking the great treasures the aristocrats savoured from the European journeys, that reflected the wonders of the world. As Will notes, “as a candle it is ephemeral, but the vessel should last at least another 2000 years.”