The exuberant rococo design of these candelabra is based on a model produced by French royal silversmith Thomas Germain in the early 1730s. Perched on the stems are satyrs - companions of Bacchus, Roman god of wine - who allude to the candelabra's function on the dining table.
Struck under base with hallmarks (leopard's head, lion passant, date letter for 1744-5) and with maker's mark of John Hugh Le Sage (struck three times on no.4).
Made for either Thomas Osborne, 4th Duke of Leeds (1713-89) or Francis Osborne, 5th Duke of Leeds (1750-99); by descent to the 10th Duke of Leeds Will Trust; October 24, 1990, sold by 10th Duke of Leeds Will Trust, at Christie's, London, lot 247. E. & C. T. Koopman & Son, Ltd, London; By 1996, most probably sold by E. & C. T. Koopman & Son to Alan and Simone Hartman, New York, NY; 2001, gift of Alan and Simone Hartman. (Accession date: February 21, 2001)
Gift of Alan and Simone Hartman and Harriet J. Bradbury Fund