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Set of 4 George II Antique Silver Candlesticks

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Stock: 9910

Date: 1741

Maker: Elizabeth Godfrey

Country: England

An exceptional set of antique silver candlesticks in the French Huguenot taste. Fine quality and made of heavy gauge cast...

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Description

Description

An exceptional set of antique silver candlesticks in the French Huguenot taste. Fine quality and made of heavy gauge cast silver. The early rococo style bases are decorated with seashells, flowers and scrolls.

Total weight 2,444 grams, 78.5 troy ounces.
Height 20.3cm. Diameter of base 12.3cm.
London 1741.
Maker Elizabeth Godfrey.
Sterling silver.

Marks. Each is stamped underneath on the inside rim with a full set of matching English silver hallmarks, lion and makers mark on the sconce. Hand engraved to the upside of each base is a family crest – very worn. Each engraved with the scratchweight below the base.

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.

Condition

All in very good condition. All the engraved crests have loss of definition.

Maker Information

Maker: Elizabeth Godfrey

Elizabeth (Eliza) Godfrey nee Pantin. Married first to Abraham Buteaux on whose death in 1731 she carried on business as his widow until she married the following year to Benjamin Godfrey, Buteaux’s former journeyman. On Godfrey’s death in 1741 Eliza entered her own mark. Grimwade in his notable work “London Goldsmiths” describes Eliza’s work as showing “as might be expected, strong Huguenot characteristics of design and fine execution”.

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