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Candelabra

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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.

Marks

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).

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Gift of Alan and Simone Hartman and Harriet J. Bradbury Fund

English (London), 1744–45

Dimensions

Overall (each): 42.5 x 28 x 28 cm (16 3/4 x 11 x 11 in.) Weight (each): 227 oz 4 dwt (8621 g)

Accession Number

2001.37.1-2

Medium or Technique

Silver (sterling standard)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver