THE ABDY COLLECTION
These strikingly large scale porcelain candlestick once formed part of the celebrated collection of Sir Robert Abdy Bt., who with his Lady Diana, furnished houses boh in Paris and in England (Newton Ferrers in Cornwall) with a rich ensemble of mainly French furniture and works of art, all assembled with a confident, adventurous taste. The collection included superb works by important ébénistes such as Leleu and BVRB, combined with sculptures by Pajou and Houdon, pictures by Winterhalter and a significant library. His eye was clearly caught by unusual, avant garde forms, whether of intensely rococo forms, as with these candlesticks, or the most advanced neo-classicism of the goût grec, as on the superb fauteuil by Delanois inspired by designs of Jean-Louis Prieur, later sold from the Collection of Karl Lagerfeld.
The present candlesticks are certainly the product of a small German factory active circa 1760 and capable of producing high quality paste and decoration in the Meissen style. The attribution to Ludwigsburg is based on a comparison with similarly high style rococo wares documented as by the firm.