The design for the present candlesticks was used by Thomas Heming, Goldsmith to King George III (1760 - 82) for candlesticks in a toilet service made in 1768 for Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn, 4th Bt. (d.1789) to celebrate his marriage to Lady Henrietta Somerset, daughter of the Duke of Beaufort, now in the National Museum of Wales, ('The Williams-Wynn silver in the National Museum of Wales', Connoisseur, September 1973) and similar candlesticks formed a related service supplied by Heming in 1768 for George III's sister, Caroline, Queen of Denmark.
A pair of ormolu candlesticks of the same model, possibly the present lot, is illustrated in J. Bourne & V. Brett, Lighting in the Domestic Interior, 1991, p. 87, fig. 274. Another, executed in silver by Heming and engraved with the arms of Henry, 8th Baron Arundell of Wardour (d. 1808) who rebuilt Wardour Castle, Wiltshire, is illustrated op. cit., fig. 277.