A PAIR OF OLD SHEFFIELD PLATE THREE LIGHT CANDELABRA
A PAIR OF OLD SHEFFIELD PLATE THREE LIGHT CANDELABRA

MARK OF MATTHEW BOULTON, CIRCA 1800

Details
A PAIR OF OLD SHEFFIELD PLATE THREE LIGHT CANDELABRA
MARK OF MATTHEW BOULTON, CIRCA 1800
Each on triform stepped base, the reeded supports terminating in paw feet and lion masks, the three reeded arms issuing from a lamp-shaped centre section with gadroon borders
24 5/8 in. (62.6 cm.) high
Literature
The exhibited pair illustrated in, The Headley-Whitney Museum, The Works of Matthew Boulton: 1728-1809, 1990, p.38, fig. 43 and 46.


Exhibited
A similar pair exhibited, The Headley-Whitney Museum, Lexington, Kentucky, The Works of Matthew Boulton: 1728-1809, 11th February - 25th March 1990.

Lot Essay

The form of these candelabrum relate to the 'argand' lamp pattern, derived from an ancient Roman marble candelabrum excavated on the site of Hadrian's Villa by Gavin Hamilton in 1769. The lamp was subsequently engraved in Gian-Battista Piranesi's Vasi, Candelabri, Cippi, Sarcofagi, Tripodi, Lucerne, et Ornamenti Antichi, published in 1778. At the beginning of the 1770s, Matthew Boulton's manufactory was successful enough to employ fashionable designers such as Robert Adam. Adam began working with silver designs for some of his existing clients around 1775. His designs were highly influenced by Pompeiian or Etruscan motifs, such as the lamp form of the present lot.
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