George II Antique Silver Candlesticks
Maker: William Gould
An excellent pair of antique sterling silver candle holders with shell corners and detachable sconces. Very attractive design and heavy...
An excellent pair of antique sterling silver candle holders with shell corners and detachable sconces. Very attractive design and heavy cast silver.
Weight 1085 grams, 34.8 troy ounces.
Height 20.5 cms. Base 11.5 x 11.5 cms.
Maker William Gould.
Marks. Both sticks are stamped underneath with English silver hallmarks and have matching date and maker. The nozzles are unmarked.
Literature: Cast candlesticks started to appear circa 1685, these are much heavier in weight and capable of withstanding greater wear. The first loaded candlesticks appeared circa 1765 and are made of sheet, and not cast.
These lovely candlesticks are in very condition.
Maker: William Gould
William Gould, apprenticed to his brother James Gould in 1724, entered his first mark as largeworker in 1732. Like his brother's, his mark is found virtually candlesticks alone. His greatest work bears the mark of William Alexander on the great Knesworth chandelier of the Fishmongers' Company, of 1752. Since Alexander's work is otherwise virtually unknown, it seems certain that he acted as sponsor for the piece and that Gould was the actual craftsman responsible for one of the greatest pieces of rococo silver surviving.
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