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Hand candlestick

Artist Unidentified artist

Object Place: Europe, Paris, France


5.2 x 20.8 cm (2 1/16 x 8 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Metal; silver

Not On View





Hand candlestick, cast with a shaped circular pan with a rim of alternating guilloche pattern and shells, with a slightly molded circular base. Banded spool-shaped nozzle has a base with reed and ribbon pattern, with reserves of matting with small circles inside. The rim is reeded. Curved handle has a foliate base enclosing a matted reserve with husk. The scrolling foliage terminal is divided from the base of the handle by a band of guilloche patterning. The terminal has reeding and floral tip.


Maker's Mark: no mark, but Christie's attributes it to Guillame Vealle. Warden's Mark: 1736-1737: a crowned V (Dennis, 165). Discharge Mark: for small work,1732-1738: a dog's head (Dennis, 165). Other: Two illegible marks on the base , one on the handle; LHF; Countermark used after 1838: parts of insects (Rosenberg, 5929); a B on the handle; Guarantee mark used after 1838: a small boar'shead (Tardy, p. 173); a man's head in a rounded rectangle, possibly Tardy, p. 169: "Poincons de titre, Departements .800".

Credit Line

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