A delightful little antique silver taper stick with shaped base and shell corners. Cast silver.
Weight 147 grams, 4.7 troy ounces.
Height 12.2cm. Base diameter 7.2cm.
Maker William Gould.
Marks. The taperstick is marked underneath on 4 corners with a full set of clear and matching English silver hallmarks.
Maker: William Gould
William Gould, apprenticed to his brother James Gould in 1724, entered his first mark as largeworker in 1732. Like his brother’s, his mark is found virtually candlesticks alone. His greatest work bears the mark of William Alexander on the great Knesworth chandelier of the Fishmongers’ Company, of 1752. Since Alexander’s work is otherwise virtually unknown, it seems certain that he acted as sponsor for the piece and that Gould was the actual craftsman responsible for one of the greatest pieces of rococo silver surviving.
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