From around 1780 England besides France had a strong influence on Dutch silver. The present candlesticks are an exact copy of a well known English type from the 1790s. An early English example is a set of four candlesticks made in London in 1790 by John Scofield (sale Christie's New York 22 April 1993, no. 144). In England related candlesticks were also executed in plate. (Lorm, J.R. de, op.cit.)
This type of candlesticks must have been popular here. Related examples were among others made by Jan Buysen (1800), Christiaan Mensink (1807) (both Molen, J.R. ter, op.cit. ) and Anton Hinrich Pape (1805) (Lorm, J.R. de, op.cit.). We find related arms on a pair of candelabra made by The Hague silversmith Francois M. Simons (1803), from the property of I.J.A. Gogel (1765-1821), minister of finance under King Louis Napoleon and later financial advisor to King William I (Exh. cat., 1979-1980, op.cit.).
For comparative literature:
Exh. cat., Nederlands Zilver/Dutch silver 1580-1830, Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, Toledo, The Toledo Museum of Art, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, 1979-1980, no. 157, pp. 324-327.
Lorm, J.R. de, Amsterdams Goud en Zilver, Zwolle, Amsterdam, 1999, p. 232, no. 157.
Molen, J.R. ter, Zilver, catalogus van de voorwerpen van edelmetaal in de collectie van het Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 1994, no. 134, p.286.