A pair of Victorian    silver cast candlesticks by George Fox, London 1875
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A pair of Victorian silver cast candlesticks by George Fox, London 1875
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A pair of Victorian silver cast candlesticks
by George Fox, London 1875
The sconces and octagonal pierced bases cast with scrolling foliage and herons, with beaded rims, knopped stems decorated with acanthus leaf motif and feather-edge rims, height 17cm, weight 14oz.

Footnotes

  • Modelled after a pair of candlesticks by Paul Storr, London 1800, commissioned by Vulliamy & Son, for William Beckford (1760-1844) and the Abbey at Fonthill. Paul Storr was no doubt influenced by a group of boxwood candlesticks attributed to the workshops of Nancy.

    Beckford refers to this style of stick as "Holbein", Vuillamy & Son describes the commission as 'extremly [sic] high finished in every part and chased almost all over with rich arabesque ornaments', Public Record Office, London c.104/57, suggesting that a Louis XIV silver-gilt example may have been in London in 1800.

    The firm of Vulliamy can be traced back to Francois Justin Villiamy, (1712-1797) a Swiss watch-maker who settled in London in the second quarter of 18th century. During their time the firm also enjoyed the patronage of the English Royal family.

    Literature:-

    The Silver Society Journal, 10, Autumn 1998, The Vulliamys and the silversmiths 1793 - 1813, by Helen Clifford, pp 96 - 102, where she discusses in detail the Vulliads.

    Burlington Magazine, Michael Snodin and Malcom Baker, William Beckford's Silver 122 No. 932, November 1980:735-748, p. 739 and note 26
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