• Important Silver and Objects o auction at Christies

    Sale 2209

    Important Silver and Objects of Vertu Including the Inventory of Marks Antiques of London

    22 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 148

    A PAIR OF FINE WILLIAM IV/VICTORIAN SILVER SIX-LIGHT CANDELABRA

    MARK OF WILLIAM BATEMAN, LONDON, 1836/1839

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF FINE WILLIAM IV/VICTORIAN SILVER SIX-LIGHT CANDELABRA
    MARK OF WILLIAM BATEMAN, LONDON, 1836/1839
    Each on shaped triangular base with acanthus and shell feet, the stems cast with putto climbing grapevines, with six scrolling branches with applied vines, and central trellis basket, interchangeable with a central socket, the bases engraved on each side with a coat-of-arms below an Austrian baron's coronet, the nozzles and basket each engraved with three crests, the bases stamped 'RUNDELL BRIDGE ET CO AURIFICES REGIS LONDINI', one fully marked for 1836 William IV, with one Victorian waxpan and nozzle, one nozzle unmarked and lacking crests; one fully marked for 1839, with five William IV waxpans and nozzles; the central screws, one nut and one basket stem apparently unmarked
    31¼ in. (79.4 cm.) high with basket, 30½ in. (77.5 cm.) with central socket; 837 oz. (26,052 gr.) (2)


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    Caption:
    Charlotte von Rothschild, 1836 by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim,
    Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel, The Bridgeman Art Library

    The arms are those of Rothschild impaling Rothschild for Lionel Nathan de Rothschild, (1808-1879) and his wife Charlotte (1819-1884).

    Baron Lionel Nathan de Rothschild was the eldest son of Nathan Mayer Rothschild (1777-1836), founder of the British branch of the banking dynasty. Lionel was born in England and attended the University of Gottingen. In 1828 he started work at Rothschild's and in 1836 in Frankfurt he married Charlotte, the daughter of his uncle, the Baron Carl Mayer de Rothschild (1788-1855). Charlotte's marriage to her cousin followed the pattern of similar marriages in the family. After the death of his father, Lionel took control of the London business at the young age of twenty-eight.

    In addition to his business interests, Lionel was active in politics, holding a seat in the House of Commons from 1858-1874. Both he and his wife, a noted hostess, were renowned for their great philanthropy. He was offered a baronetcy in 1846, which he declined. In 1838, he was given leave to use the Austrian family barony, and these candelabra are engraved with those crests and coronet.

    Provenance

    Christie's, London, 29 November 2007, lot 517