These candelabra are based on a model by celebrated French silversmith Robert-Joseph Auguste. A set of four, of 1767, sold from The Harcourt Collection, Sotheby's, London, 10 June 1993, lot 103. The candelabra were sold with two candlesticks of the same style, and the collection included other works by Auguste.
The 1st Earl of Harcourt (1714-1777) maintained a close relationship with George III and Queen Charlotte, and acted as Her Majesty's Master of the Horse. He was sent to Paris as Ambassador in 1768, and was outfitted accordingly with a large service of silver, much of it by Parker & Wakelin. The aforementioned candelabra by Auguste may have already been in his possession when he traveled to Paris in 1768, though he did purchase works by Auguste and other French makers while serving in Paris (until 1772). Auguste's work was well-represented in the Harcourt collection, reflecting the influence of Earl Harcourt's stay in Paris and the interest in French silver in England during that period.