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Candlestick

French (Paris)
1749–50
Eloi Guérin ((French, active between 1725-1765))


Object Place: Europe, Paris, France

Accession Number

1993.345.5

Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

One of a set of six candlesticks, a pair with 1993.345.6. The tall, shaped circular molded base has alternating palm branches, shells, and blank cartouched surrounded by leaves. Above this is a band of guilloche with four rosettes and foliage. The spirally fluted dome rises to a shaped triangular knop resting on scrolling foliage with a guilloche band above. The knop gives way to a shaped triangular stem with a base of shells on calyx and cast and chased husk and leaf patterning surmounted by masks surrounded by foliage and husk on four sides, with chased fluting on the other, smaller, four. The shoulder is molded and each corner is covered by a leaf. The stem gives way to a small reeded knop. The nozzle is banded with a base of cast and chased foliage on a matted ground and a guilloche rim. This pair is slightly different from the other four. The masks are narrower, the flutes on the stem are closed and are wider, the fluting on the base is outlined in matting, the guilloche band on the base is smaller, and there are gadroons instead of rosettes on the foliage. They have bobeches which may or may not be contemporary. The bobeches are circular with raised guilloche rims.

Inscription

The bobeche has a small swan in an oval on the rim (Tardy, p. 179).

Markings

Maker's Mark: a crowned fleur-de-lis, two grains, EG, a rayed sun (Dennis, 176). Warden's mark: 1749-1750: a crowned I (Dennis, 176). Charge Mark: for smallwork, 1744-1750: an arm (Dennis, 193), also, 1744-1750: a crowned A (Dennis, 176). Discharge Mark: for large work, 1744-1750: a running greyhound (Dennis, 176). The Maker's, Warden's, and Charge marks are found on the interior rim and the bottom of the base. The Warden's, Charge, and Maker's marks may also be in the nozzle, the Discharge mark is on the rim of the base and the charge mark for small work is found on the nozzle only.

Credit Line

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