An almost identical pair of cut-glass and jasperware candlesticks was sold by the late Sir Emmanuel Kaye C.B.E., Christie's, London, 29 November 2001, lot 35 (£8,812.50 including premium). The latter pair have the same composition for the bas relief of the altar pedestals on the present lot, which were inspired by Goethe's sentimental novel Die Leiden des jungen Werthers, 1774, and depicts Charlotte at Werther's Tomb. It derives from the 'charming' compositions of the 1780s executed by Elizabeth, Lady Templeton (d. 1823) (Vol. 22, Appendix J: 1.272). The porcelain is possibly by the Staffordshire Turner ceramic manufactory, which operated around the same time as the famous Wedgwood manufactory.
A very similar candlestick to the present lot with a drum pedestal also decorated with classical scenes is in the Victoria and Albert Museum (illustrated in Ralph Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, Vol. I, rev. ed., 1954, p. 348, fig. 45).