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Candelabra

1750–52
Antoine Plot (French, about 1701-1772)


Object Place: Europe, Paris, France

Dimensions

Other (Part A): 14.6 x 24.4cm (5 3/4 x 9 5/8in.) Other (Part B): 21.8 x 10.8cm (8 9/16 x 4 1/4in.) Other (Parts A & B): 32.2cm (12 11/16in.)

Accession Number

1993.455.2a-f

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

One of a pair of candelabra. The domed shaped circular base has a band of strapwork on a matted ground with four applied female masks and chased floral bandwork on the dome. A circular banded knop rises to a tapered octagonal stem with four masks on a matted ground. The stem gives way to a squared knop with a guilloche band with applied scrolled motifs. The nozzle has a banded base with floral bandwork and a gadrooned rim. The cast branches have a vase shaped center with cast herms in strapwork on a matted ground and a shaped finial. The two scrolling foliage arms have detachable shaped circular bobeches with beaded rims and detachable nozzles identical to those on the candlesticks.

Inscription

Candlestick, Antoine Plot: Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lis, two grains, AP, a ball or pincushion (Dennis, 283). Warden's Mark: 1750-1756: a crowned K (Dennis, 23). Charge mark: 1750-1756: a crowned A with palm and laurel brnaches(Dennis, 23). Discharge mark: for large work, 1750-1756: a boar's head (Denni s, 74). Other: a hatchet facing right: a mark for old work, 1798(?), Tardy, p.166: "Objets de hasard, remis dans le commerce ne garantit pas le titre." Br anch, Sebastien Igonet: Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lis, two grains, SJ, crossed arrows (Dennis, 185). Warden's Mark: 1752: a crowned L (Nocq, p. 216) Discharge Mark: 1750-1756: for small work: a hen's head (Dennis, 144). Marks on both: a winged helmeted head in a triangular shield Tardy, p. 167: "Recense 1809, Grosse recense, Depart". On the candlestick the mark for old work is on the base. For the branch the Maker's and Warden's marks are on the bobeches, the Discharge mark is on the stem and the bobeches, while the "Recense" mark ison the stem.

Provenance

1942, Sold by Jacques Helft to Baron Cassel, NY; 1956, Baronne Cassel van Doorn auction, cat. #62, ill. Pl XXXVII.

Credit Line

Elizabeth Parke Firestone and Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. Collection