Although widely known as Schofield, both the clerk’s entry and signature of this maker are as Scofield.
There is no record of his apprenticeship or freedom, which for a maker who occupied such a prominent position in the plateworking of the late part of the century is surprising.
His first mark entered as plateworker, in partnership with Robert Jones, 10 February 1776. Address: 40 Bartholomew Close.
Second mark alone, 13 January 1778. Address: 29 Bell Yard, Temple Bar.
Third mark, 1st October 1787.
Heal records him always as Schofield, with all the above addresses and dates, and with 1796 as later date for Bell Yard.
In his candlesticks and candelabra Scofield displays a high degree of elegant design executed with impeccable craftsmanship, which rivals the contemporary French goldsmith Henri Auguste. It was perhaps the restrained taste of the period that prevented Scofield from displaying a virtuosity which might well have given him a reputation equal with Paul de Lamerie or Paul Storr. It seems likely that he worked for Jeffreys, Jones and Gilbert, the then Royal goldsmiths, and that he may have had considerable commissions for Carlton House.
Scofield is considered to be the most important and prolific maker of candlesticks working at the end of the 18th century, with examples of his work found in museums across the world.