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A very rare pair of George III Silver Library Candlesticks made in Sheffield in 1776 by John Winter & Company.


The Candlesticks are of a very unusual size, to provide low light for reading, and stand on square stepped bases decorated with beading, acanthus leaves, scrolls and Neo Classical urns. The bases rise to a tulip shaped socket which is decorated with acanthus spears and laurel leaf garlands tied with ribbons, which was a popular form of decoration in Sheffield at this date. The pull off nozzle is also decorated with beading. The front of the base, and nozzle, is engraved with a contemporary Lion Rampant Crest, on a chapeau. The Candlesticks are fuly marked on the base and with the makers mark and sterling mark on the nozzle.

Library Candlesticks are extremely rare and this is the first time we have had a Neo Classically inspired pair. The photograph does not, alas, fully capture their special nature, as they are quite wonderful.

Height: 4.25 inches, 10.63cm.

Base Diameter: 3.9 inches, 9.75cm.