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Inscription

Engraved on underside of base: "No: 3." Engraved on base: arms of George Louis, as Elector of Hanover from 1698 (later George II).

Marks

Marked on outer edge of foot rim: lion rampant in shield (guild mark for Hanover); "B" [block letter]; maker's mark of Conrad Hermann Mundt [Scheffler 1442].

Provenance

About 1726, George I (b. 1660 - d. 1727), King of Great Britain and Elector of Hanover (original commission) [see note 1]; by inheritance within the family to George III (b. 1738 - d. 1820), King of Great Britain and Elector and King of Hanover [see note 2]; by inheritance to his son, George IV (b. 1762 - d. 1830), King of Great Britain and Hanover; by inheritance to his brother, William IV (b. 1765 - d. 1837), King of Great Britain and Hanover; 1837, by inheritance to his nephew, Ernst Augustus I (b. 1837- d. 1851), King of Hanover [see note 3]; by inheritance to his son, George V (b. 1819 - d. 1878), King of Hanover; by inheritance within the family, through the Princes of Hanover, to Ernst Augustus V (b. 1954), Prince of Hanover. 2004, private foundation, United States; 2006, given from this private foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 25, 2006) NOTES [1] This candlestick may belong to the set of 12 table candlesticks added to the Hanoverian "Service E" by George I in 1724 and 1725 or, more likely, to the set of 30 new table candlesticks made for the service in 1726 and 1727. [2] In 1816, the Elector of Hanover assumed the title of King. [3] Because by Salic law a woman could not inherit the throne of Hanover, upon the succession of Queen Victoria of England in 1837, the crown passed to the oldest surviving son of George III.

Credit Line

Anonymous gift

German (Hanover), about 1726

Object Place

Germany

Dimensions

Height: 14.3 cm (5 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

2006.664

Medium or Technique

Silver

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver