• English Furniture and Clocks auction at Christies

    Sale 7769

    English Furniture and Clocks

    19 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 102

    A PAIR OF GEORGE IV ORMOLU AND BRONZE CANDLESTICKS

    AFTER A DESIGN BY JOHN BRIDGE, CIRCA 1827

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF GEORGE IV ORMOLU AND BRONZE CANDLESTICKS
    AFTER A DESIGN BY JOHN BRIDGE, CIRCA 1827
    Each with central leaf-wrapped shaft and nozzle, with three swans on a shell-cast base, each corner with shells
    6¼ in. (16 cm.) high (2)


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    The George IV candlesticks are conceived in the 1820s French antique manner as festive tripodic altars, whose vase-capped and ivy-wreathed pillars are attended by the light-deity Apollo's sacred swans and carried on Venus scallop-shells enwreathed by fruits-of-the-sea.

    The original pattern, to be executed in silver with golden enrichments, was invented in the mid-1820s by the court Goldsmiths Philip Rundell and John Bridge, and appears to have been commissioned for Cleveland House, St. James's by Harriet, wife of George Granville Leveson-Gower, 2nd Marquis of Stafford and later Duke of Sutherland (d.1833). It appears to have been her candlesticks that inspired the design of the celebrated 'Duchess of Sutherland Table' exhibited by the cabinet-makers Morant & Co. at the 1851 Great Exhibition and now in the Victoria and Albert Museum (C. Hartop, Royal Goldsmiths: The Art of Rundell & Bridge, London, 2005, fig. 125; and J. Meyer, Great Exhibitions, Woodbridge, 2006, p. 29, fig. A18).

    A pair of parcel-gilt candlesticks of this model by Rundell, Bridge and Rundell, dated 1825, was sold by the Trustees of the Knole Estates, Christie's, London, 20 May 1987, lot 134.

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