This stylish candelabrum with cascading drops relates to the work of John Blades, 'Cut Glass Manufacturer to His Majesty', whose business was established in 1770. Blades produced an extensive range of candelabra and chandeliers combining finely cut glass drops and classically inspired gilt-bronzes. An assembly drawing signed by John Blades and dated 1828, showing a very similarly cut stem along with conformingly shaped lustres is illustrated M. Mortimer, The English Glass Chandelier, Woodbridge, 2000, p.140, pl. 84.
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).
A pair of very similar candlesticks was sold anonymously; Christie's, London, 10 April 2003, lot 15.