8967. Antique German Silver Candelabras - Sold


A fine pair of antique silver 3 light candelabras in the Rococo style typical of the period. Heavy cast silver. The asymmetrical design is excellent quality. The tops can be removed to use the candlesticks separately. The central naturalistic flame is fixed. Weight 4120 grams, 132 troy ounces. Height 38 cms (total), 26 cms (candlestick). Marked on the tops and bases with German silver stamps for Augsburg 1762. Maker Johann Philipp Hekenauer.

Condition - These rare early candelabras are in very good condition with no damage or restoration. Marked on the base rims and top nozzle with German silver marks for Augsburg, date letter for 1762 and the makers mark “IPH” for Johann Philipp Hekenauer.
Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.

Literature - Rococo was fashionable from about 1730 to 1770 and was used primarily in furniture, silver and ceramics. The style takes its name from the French rocaille (pronounced 'rock-eye'), which means the rock or broken shell motifs that often formed part of the design. Natural motifs are a feature of both British and French Rococo however, in British Rococo designs the natural motifs are often more realistic in their details than those on the French examples. Rococo design was developed by craftspeople and designers rather than architects which helps to explain the importance of hand-worked decoration. It is often not symmetrical - one half of the design does not match the other half. Curved forms, often resembling the letters S and C, are common.

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