Set of 4 William III Silver Candlesticks


Stock: 10376

Date: 1700

Maker: David Willaume

Country: England

A handsome set of four antique silver candlesticks, the spreading circular bases with sunken wells and a chased border of...

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A handsome set of four antique silver candlesticks, the spreading circular bases with sunken wells and a chased border of foliage. The sticks have a pale gilt finish. Hand engraved to each base is a leopard crest and earl’s coronet.

Total weight 1618g, 52 troy oz.
Height 17cm. Diameter 10.7cm.
London 1700.
Maker David Willaume.
Britannia standard silver.

Marks. Stamped on the edge of the base with a full set of marching English silver marks (rubbed), lion mark to the nozzles (worn). 2 candlesticks have the scratchweight engraved to the base.


These magnificent candlesticks are in good condition with the minor wear expected from their age. The original exterior gilding is worn, the gilding to the base is still bright. 1 stick has signs of an old repair to the base.

Maker Information

Maker: David Willaume

David Willaume, Huguenot maker, born 7 June 1658, son of Adam Willaume, goldsmith of Metz on the Pont des Morts. His first mention in London was in 1686 at the Windsor Castle, Charing Cross. Married Marie Mettayer 1690. Free 1693/94 as David Williams. First mark as largeworker undated probably 1697. Second and third marks 1719. His children were Anne, born 1691, wife of David Tanqueray, David, born 1693, and Adam and Suzanne, born 1694 and 1696, died in infancy. Willaume seems to have retired about 1728 (when David II entered a mark of distinctly different type to his father) and he purchased the Manor of Tingrith, Bedfordshire. Died circa 1741. David Willaume I was an important silversmith and enjoyed the patronage of the wealthiest clients in England. His many outstanding pieces display the highest qualities of rich design and impeccable execution. Among his impressive list of important works are the magnificent pair of wine coolers (Duke of Devonshire), the Luton Hoo toilet service, the pair of ivory mounted vases (British Museum), and the punchbowl and cover (Trinity Hall, Cambridge). David Willaume II, apprenticed to his father the master Hugeunot silversmith David Willaume I in 1707, free 1723. First and 2nd marks entered as largeworker in 1728, roughly the time of his father’s retirement. 3rd mark 1739. He became High Sheriff of Bedfordshire in 1737. Goldsmith to the King 1744 and 1746. Died 1761.

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