Snuffers

English (London)
about 1752
Artist Unidentified artist


Object Place: Europe, London, England

Dimensions

W. 5.3 cm x L.16.4 cm ( 2 1/16 x 6 7/16 in.); Weight: 90.7 gm (2 oz 18 dwt)

Accession Number

58.381

Medium or Technique

Silver

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Silver

Each candlestick has a fluted hexafoil base with a scallop shell on each corner. From a circle at the center of the base the baluster stem rises to a flattened knop and a flaring, fluted midsection. The nozzle is urn-shaped. The waxpan is hexagonal, with scallop shells at each corner. The bases are cast in a single piece. The stems are hollow-cast in two pieces and seamed vertically. 58.377 has been repaired on the midsection of the stem, possible contemporary with manufacture. The snuffers are of scissors form, with silver handles and steel blades. The cast silver handles have flattened oval rings for grips and scrolled arms riveted to the steel blade just above the point of crossing. One part of the blade has a curved pan with a deep rim, and the other arm has a flat blade fitted to the pan. The snuffers are raised on three small feet. The bow-shaped tray rests on four trefoil feet and has a complex molded border cast with shells at intervals. A cast double-scroll handle is located at the center of one side. One of the legs has been repaired.

Provenance

Probably Samuel Cary, by descent to Richard Cary Curtis, Brookline, Ma., Gift of Mrs. Richard Cary Curtis to the MFA. (Accession Date: April 10, 1958)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Richard Cary Curtis