Candlestick

English (London)
1743–44
Marked by George Wickes (free 1720)


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

H. 20.6 cm x W. 11.8 cm x D.11.8 cm (8 1/8 x 4 5/8 x 4 5/8 in.); Weight: 581.2 gm (18 oz 14 dwt)

Accession Number

33.146a-b

Medium or Technique

Silver

Out on Loan

On display at Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX, August 27, 2017 – December 31, 2017

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

The candlesticks have a square base with rounded corners, incurved sides with leaf ornaments, and a complex molded profile. The base is cast in a single heavy piece, and the stem is cast in two pieces, seamed vertically. The baluster stem has a flattened knop rising to a flared octagonal midsection with leaf ornament at the top of the shoulder. The vase-shaped nozzle is surmounted by a detachable waxpan with a fluted border. The waxpans are fabricated from cut sheet, with applied wire moldings. The present crests are engraved over earlier engraving.

Inscription

ARMORIALS: engraved on each base and waxpan, an unidentified crest, (out of a ducal coronet an elephant's head), apparently later, replacing previous engraving.
INSCRIPTIONS: engraved on underside, No. 4, 18=12; on bezel of waxpan, No. 1

Markings

One mark under corner of each base, maker's mark GW (similar to Grimwade 927); lion passant; leopard's head crowned; date letter h.

Provenance

1933, anonymous gift to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 2, 1933)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour (1833-1914)