A fine pair of antique sterling silver candle holders with tapering acanthus decorated stems and circular bases with an engraved owl crest. Classic plain style. The nozzles have a shaped frieze. Heavy gauge silver, unfilled. Weight 1312 grams, 42.1 troy ounces. Height 33 cm. Diameter of base 14.2 cm. London 1813. Maker John Scofield.
Biography – John Scofield (or Schofield), highly prominent late 18th century London silversmith. No record of apprenticeship of freedom. 1st mark entered as plateworker in 1776 with Robert Jones. 2nd mark alone 1778. 3rd mark 1787. Well known for his impeccable craftsmanship and elegant restrained taste. His candlesticks and candelabra are highly prized.