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    Sale 7545

    A Town House in Mayfair

    20 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 604

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III SILVER TWO-LIGHT CANDELABRA

    MARK OF JOHN SCOFIELD, LONDON, 1787

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    A PAIR OF GEORGE III SILVER TWO-LIGHT CANDELABRA
    MARK OF JOHN SCOFIELD, LONDON, 1787
    Each on beaded circular base with tapering fluted column, the detachable fluted branches each terminating in a fluted and beaded socket, with a central vase shaped finial, the base and waxpans engraved with a crest below an earl's coronet, each marked on base, on candlearm, on sockets and on nozzles
    15¾ in. (40 cm.) high
    98 oz. (3,044 gr.)
    The crest is that of Bruce, presumably for Thomas, 7th Earl of Elgin and 11th Earl of Kincardine (1766-1841). He was educated at Harrow and Westminster Schools and at both St Andrews and Paris Universities. He served in the Foot Guards rising to the rank of General by 1837. He is chiefly remembered for his study of ancient Greek art and architecture and for his purchase of the 'Elgin' marbles from the Parthenon in Athens, while en route to take up the post of Ambassador to Constantinople in 1799. He succeeded his brother in 1771. He married twice. His first wife was Mary (d.1855), only child of William Hamilton Nisbet of Dirleton and Belhaven, Haddington. They were divorced in 1808. He went on to marry Elizabeth (d.1860), youngest daughter of J T Oswald, MP, of Dunnikeir, Fife, in 1810. (2)


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    IMAGE CAPTION:

    Thomas Bruce, 7th Earl of Elgin
    he National Portrait Gallery, London

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