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Set of 4 George II Silver Candlesticks

Date: 1751

Maker: William Cripps, London

Country: England

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A fantastic quality set of four antique silver candlesticks, cast in high relief with an unusual aquatic theme incorporating sea swirls and foam. Good size and heavy cast weight. The top of each of the bases has an intricately hand engraved armorial. The nozzles are original, rare for this early date, and click into place which is a nice feature .

Weight 3723 grams, 119.7 troy ounces.

London 1751.

Maker William Cripps. Arthur Grimwade describes Cripps as an accomplished craftsman and versatile exponent of the rococo style who enjoyed considerable clientele.

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; the sconces have the lion and maker’s mark (some with wear). Both the underside and nozzles are engraved with the scratchweight and are numbered 1-4.

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