This lot’s ormolu lion-paw feet are a recurring design element throughout Blades’ oeuvre. Reflecting the antique style promoted by Thomas Hope's Household Furniture and Interior Decoration, 1807, circular bases with paw feet can be found on a number of candelabra by Blades and his contemporaries. The multi-faceted orb of the stem is a more unusual and distinct feature, which can be found, along with the abovementioned paw feet base, on a pair of candelabra by Blades sold Christie’s, London, 6 July 2000, lot 3 and on another pair attributed to Blades sold Christie’s, New York, 19-20 October 2011, lot 529.
John Blades’ business was established in 1770 and was later made 'Cut Glass Manufacturer to His Majesty'. Blades produced an extensive range of candelabra and chandeliers combining finely cut glass drops and classically inspired gilt-bronzes. The extensive size of Blades' business is revealed by a view of his 'upper showroom' illustrated in Ackermann's The Repository of Arts in 1809, see J.P. Smith, The Art of Enlightenment, 1994, p. 2.