Pair of candelabra

English (London)
about 1815
Attributed to John Blades (English (London), active 1783–died in 1828)


Overall (Each Candelabrum): 46.4 x 25.4 x 16.5 cm (18 1/4 x 10 x 6 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gilt bronze, glass

Not On View





A new decorative style incorporating Neo-Classical elements, known as the Regency style, emerged in England in the late 18th century and remained fashionable through the regency (1811-1820) and reign of George IV (1820-1830).

These candelabra are superb examples of a characteristic English Regency form introduced in the 1790s. Their principal features are the long, straight-sided drops, or lobs, cut with parallel facets. Hung in rows, these drops with their brilliant finish produced a severe, but grand effect, well set-off with the gilt-bronze stem and ornament in the Roman classical taste.


2006, James Robinson, Inc., New York; 2006, sold by Robinson to H. Blairman and Sons, London; 2007, sold by Blairman to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 21, 2007)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Horace Wood Brock and by exchange from the Bequest of Charles Cobb Walker