was the office in a medieval
household responsible for wax
, as well as the room in which the candles were kept. It was headed by a chandler
. The office was subordinated to the kitchen
, and only existed as a separate office in larger households. Whether a separate office or not, the function was naturally an important one, in a time before electric light
, and when production of candles was often done privately. It was closely connected with other offices of the household, such as the ewery
and the scullery
. The term is largely obsolete today, and if used at all, more often refers to a candle business. As such, a "chandler" is a person who sells candles.