Candlestick

English (Birmingham)
1774–75
Designed by James Wyatt (1746–1813), Marked by Matthew Boulton (1728–1809), Marked by John Fothergill (died in 1782)


Object Place: Europe, Birmingham, England

Dimensions

H. 30.4 cm x W. 11.6 cm x D. 11.6 cm (11 15/16 x 4 9/16 x 4 9/16 in.); Weight: 618 gm (19 oz 17 dwt)

Accession Number

56.504

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

Each candlestick has a square base with incurved, canted corners, with a guilloche and rosette pattern against a matted ground. The fluted terminal rises to a baluster stem with chased palmetto leaves and swags suspended from rosettes. The urn-shaped socket has chased palmetto leaves on a matted ground and a reeded rim. The removable waxpans have fluting and a rim of beading. The candlesticks are assembled from cast and chased components. The bases are apparently cast, while the stems are formed of seamed sheet, chased and molded over a solid core.

Inscription

Engraved on one corner of each base, 11.19.12

Markings

On two sides of each base and on the bezel of one waxpan, maker's mark IF (Jones, p. 357) (repeated on bezel of other waxpan) and maker's mark MB; lion passant; anchor (repeated on bezel of other waxpan); date letter B (repeated on bezel of other waxpan)

Provenance

By 1956, N. Bloom & Son, Inc., New York; 1956, sold by Bloom to the MFA for $600. (Accession Date: October 11, 1956)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour