Edward Farrell was greatly inspired by the work of earlier silversmiths. Late 17th and early 18th century candlestick stems forms are the basis for the kneeling blackamoor figures, which form the stems of the present lot. The goldsmiths Benjamin Bathurst and Anthony Nelme produced such candlesticks. The pair by Nelme are illustrated in Michael Clayton, The Collector's Dictionary of Silver and Gold, Woodbridge, 1971, pl. 82, and the pair by Bathurst were sold Christie's London, 23 November 1999, lot 270.