Pair of Elegant Georgian British Candlesticks in Old Sheffield Plate, circa 1820
The handmade realization of these candlesticks with an oval base is much more difficult and complex than those with the round base easily executable on the lathe, particular care has been taken in assembling the conical stem and the candle holders, the craftsman has proportioned the entire design with perfect harmony and taste, then finished it all with a light chisel of elongated and stylized leaves, creating two refined and tasteful objects. The craftsman made this pair between 1820 and 1829 and was certainly inspired by an Egyptian oval candlestick model produced by Watson & Bradbury in 1796 (see page 226 of Frederick Bradbury's "History of Old Sheffield Plate"). The candlesticks do not present marks, but this is not a defect, since regulation of 1773 of the English "Assay Office" controllers, prohibited the use of a mark for all those objects that were not silver. Only later was it ordered that the "Sheffield" production should carry in full the manufacturer's surname followed by any other chosen symbol. height cm 29 , cm 16x13
Width 16 cm, depth 13 cm, height 29 cm.