A rare set of four early English silver candlesticks from the early 1700’s. Britannia standard silver*. Very solid cast silver with octagonal form and baluster columns. Lovely plain style in keeping with the period. Each stick bears a hand engraved lion crest, for the Turnor family, on the base. Excellent colour. Weight 1374 grams, 44.1 troy ounces. Height 17.5 cms. Base 10.3 cms square. London 1713. Maker Thomas Folkingham.
Biography – Thomas Folkingham, apprenticed to John Bache 1693, free 1703. Married Elizabeth Denney, daughter of John Bache’s partner William Denney, in 1700. He died in 1729 after achieving considerable status as a successful banker-goldsmith. Arthur Grimwade described his best work as showing strong Huguenot influence and it is likely that he employed emigres as journeymen.
Signed – Each has the original scratchweight underneath the base.