George II Silver Candlesticks

Date: 1747

Maker: Samuel Courtauld

Country: England

Reserved £13,500
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A superb pair of George II rococo silver candlesticks, cast and chased in high relief with face masks and spiralling pendant flowers and grapes. Good size and heavy cast weight. The nozzles are original and rare for this early date. Weight 2180 grams, 70 troy ounces. London 1747. Maker Samuel Courtauld, . Sterling silver. 

Literature. Few domestic silver candlesticks still exist before the reign of Charles II and 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 silver, and not cast.

Although many early candlesticks had fixed nozzles the first cast candlesticks were made without these useful drip pans. During the period c.1735-50 candlesticks with detachable nozzles appeared which facilitated much easier cleaning.

Marks. Stamped underneath the bases, spread around the outer edge, with a full set of clear and matching English silver hallmarks, nozzles unmarked.

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