This plain design, typical of the period, is enhanced by the unusual feature of the naturalistic shell corners. A handsome set of four antique silver candlesticks with baluster stems and shaped square bases. Heavy gauge cast silver. Each foot has a hand engraved armorial.
Total weight 1,940 grams, 62.3 troy ounces.
Height 19.5cm. Diameter of base 11cm.
Maker William Gould, specialist candlestick maker and great exponent of rococo silver.
Marks. Each stick is stamped inside the bottom rim with a full set of matching English silver hallmarks (1 stick with badly struck maker and leopards head). A nice feature is the lion mark on each sconce (rubbed).
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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