With their flute-spiralled baluster on acanthus-foliated plinths, after the Piranesian 'Roman candelabra' manner, these candelabra relate to a candlestick form introduced around 1770 by the architect Robert Adam (d. 1792). Such composite elements, derived from a candelabrum in G.B. Piranesi's Diverse Maniere d'Adornare I Cammini, 1769 (pl. 61), relate to the design for tall giltwood tripod candelabra executed by Adam in 1772 for John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute (d. 1792) and later illustrated in Robert and James Adam's Works in Architecture, London, 1822, vol. III (pl. XI).