A stunning pair of antique silver candlesticks of tall column form standing on square decorative bases. The pierced Corinthian capitals have excellent sharp detail, beautifully decorated with foliage and flower heads. The stepped square bases have broad gadroon borders enclosing flower and foliate ornament, and an interesting pictorial crest (worn). Removable nozzles. Solid silver with wood filled bases.
Height 31.2cm. Base 13.4 x 13.4cm.
Maker William Cafe.
Marks. Both candlestick bases have full and matching English silver hallmarks. The nozzles have the lion and makers mark. The maker’s mark for William Café has been overstruck and is difficult to decipher.
Maker: William Cafe
William Café, apprenticed to his brother John Café 1742, turned himself over to Simon Jouet 1746. Free 1757. Livery 1758. Mark entered as largeworker 1757, probably on the death of his brother John. Both William and John were known for their cast candlesticks. Known apprentices were Thomas Neale in 1777 and William’s son Thomas in 1784. William died circa 1802-1811.
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