8828. Antique Queen Anne Silver Candlesticks - Price £17,500

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A rare set of four early English silver candlesticks from the early 1700’s. Britannia standard silver*. Very solid cast silver with octagonal form and baluster columns. Lovely plain style in keeping with the period. Each stick bears a hand engraved lion crest, for the Turnor family, on the base. Excellent colour. Weight 1374 grams, 44.1 troy ounces. Height 17.5 cms. Base 10.3 cms square. London 1713. Maker Thomas Folkingham.

Biography - Thomas Folkingham, apprenticed to John Bache 1693, free 1703. Married Elizabeth Denney, daughter of John Bache’s partner William Denney, in 1700. He died in 1729 after achieving considerable status as a successful banker-goldsmith. Arthur Grimwade described his best work as showing strong Huguenot influence and it is likely that he employed emigres as journeymen.

Signed - Each has the original scratchweight underneath the base.

Condition - These fine candlesticks are in very good condition with no damage or restoration. All completely matching and original. Excellent patina. Each stick is stamped underneath with a full set of clear English silver hallmarks. The hand engraved lion crests show varying amounts of wear.

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 - Few domestic silver candlesticks still exist before the reign of Charles II. 17th century examples are usually made from sheet silver and are light in weight. Cast candlesticks started to appear circa 1685 and are much heavier in weight. The first loaded candlesticks appeared circa 1765 and are made of sheet, and not cast.

*Britannia Standard. In 1696, so extensive had become the melting and clipping of coinage that the silversmiths were forbidden to use the sterling standard for their wares, but had to use a new higher standard, 95.8 per cent. New hallmarks were ordered, “the figure of a woman commonly called Britannia” and the lion’s head erased (torn off at the neck) replacing the lion passant and the leopard’s head crowned. This continued until the old standard of 92.5 per cent was restored in 1720. Britannia standard silver still continues to be produced even today.

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