The candlesticks are conceived in the antique style after the French manner as introduced to London around 1800 by the conoisseur Thomas Hope (d. 1813), and popularised through the publication of the guide to his Duchess Street mansion entitled Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1807. They are largely derived from a design for candlesticks illustrated in pl. 15, no. 3 and pl. 49 from Hope's guide. The latter were positioned either side of the glass caskets in the Aurora and Cephalus room. A pair of related candlesticks was sold anonymously, Christie's, New York, 15 April 2005, lot 249 ($33,600).