A fine pair of antique sterling silver candlesticks with faceted columns and shaped bases. Heavy cast silver and good original colour. The sconces are hand engraved to one side with an armorial within a decorative cartouche, the other side with a crest. Underneath there is a hand engraved inscription. Weight 943 grams, 30.3 troy ounces. Height 18 cms. Bases 11 cms square. London 1740. Maker Thomas Gilpin.
Biography – Thomas Gilpin, apprenticed to John Wells 1720. First mark entered as smallworker 1730, 2nd mark as largeworker (and 3rd small mark) 1739. Gilpin is noted in Jackson’s as an extremely accomplished exponent of the rococo style. He is well represented by candlesticks and tureens at Althorp