Antique silver candelabra from this period are very rare and the additional pair of matching candlesticks add to the splendour of this set. A fine set of two-light silver candelabras of naturalistic rococo design with removable branches, the candlesticks with large hand engraved armorials. The four candlesticks can be used on their own. All pieces are made of heavy cast silver.
Weight 4597 grams, 14 troy ounces.
Height 42.5cm (top of candelabra), 27.2cm (candlestick).
Maker John Café, specialist candlestick maker.
Marks. The candlesticks and candelabras are stamped with English silver hallmarks for London 1754 and 1755. All by the same maker John Café.
Candelabra branches. All drip pans have the maker, lion mark and engraved unicorn crest.
Candelabra bottoms. The sticks are fully stamped underneath for London 1755, maker John Café. Detachable nozzles, stamped with the lion and maker’s mark, no crest.
The sticks are fully stamped underneath for London 1756, maker John Café. Detachable nozzles with engraved unicorn crest.
Armorials. The candlestick bases have hand engraved armorials contained within a rococo cartouche. Candlestick 1 and 2 (candelabra bases) have the matching armorial shown on the left of the armorial image. Candlestick 3 and 4 have the matching armorial shown on the right of the armorial image.
Maker: John Café
John Café, London silversmith, apprenticed to James Gould 1730, free 1740. 1st mark, largeworker, 1740. 2nd mark 1742. Took his brother William Cafe as apprentice 1742. Livery 1746. John died c.1757 and his apprentices Thomas Hannam and John Perry were turned over to William Cafe. Both William and John were known for their cast candlesticks.
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