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    Sale 2039

    Important Silver and Objects of Vertu

    23 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 199

    A PAIR OF GEORGE III SILVER THREE-LIGHT CANDELABRA

    MARK OF ROBERT JONES AND JOHN SCOFIELD, LONDON, 1775 AND 1777

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    A PAIR OF GEORGE III SILVER THREE-LIGHT CANDELABRA
    MARK OF ROBERT JONES AND JOHN SCOFIELD, LONDON, 1775 AND 1777
    In Louis XVI taste; each on a domed, fluted foot, the knopped fluted stem hung with garlands, the spool-form central socket gadrooned at base, the leaf-capped scroll-form branches terminating in deep wax pans with acanthus joins below spool-form sockets, each branch joined to a central standard with three ring fixtures and a flame-form finial, one marked inside base, the other marked on side of base, the branches apparently unmarked
    15¼ in. (38.7 cm.) high; 133 oz. 10 dwt. (4167 gr.) (2)


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    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.

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