Pair of George III Antique Silver Candlesticks made in 1790
A very fine and unusual pair of antique silver cast candlesticks of panelled octagonal form. They are very well hallmarked underneath and correctly part marked on the nozzles.
|Made By||Robert Sharp|
A very fine and unusual pair of antique silver cast candlesticks of panelled octagonal form.
They are very well hallmarked underneath and correctly part marked on the nozzles.
Underneath the nozzles (and only visible when the nozzles are detached) are the numbers 19 and 20. The latter indicates they were from a very large set, which leads to the conclusion that they were originally made for a livery company or one of the superior gentlemen’s clubs of the 18th century.
In over 40 years in business we have never seen this model before, so we suspect it was an exclusive order from one of the most important and finest silversmiths of the period (especially as most candlesticks of this period are weighted).
Dimensions: height 29.75 cm, width (of base) 13.75 cm; weight 37 troy oz.
Son of Robert Sharp, yeoman, of Newcastle upon Tyne. Apprenticed to Gawen Nash 4th February 1747, and turned over the same day to Thomas Gladwin Citizen and Merchant Taylor. Free 4th May 1757.
First mark, in partnership with Daniel Smith, apparently entered by 1763 in the missing register. The firm appears as supplying plate to Parker and Wakelin in the latter’s ledger for 1766. Address by 1770: Aldermanbury, when a second Robert Sharp (presumably a nephew), son of John Sharp, late of Newcastle upon Tynebrewer deceased, was apprenticed to his uncle. Livery, December 1771. Appears with Daniel Smith as plateworker, Aldermanbury, in the Parl. Report list 1773.
Second mark as plate worker, in partnership with Richard Carter and Daniel Smith, 9th December 1778. Address: 14 Westmoreland Buildings, Aldersgate Street. Third, fourth and fifth marks, in partnership with Smith only again, 7 February 1780, same address. This last mark has been ascribed previously to Robert Salmon, spoon maker, for whom there is no recorded mark in the existing registers.
A curious characteristic of the marks of Smith and Sharp after the Carter partnership was over, and of Sharp alone in 1788, is that each shows at the top edge of the punch, traces of the bottom of the initials of the former partner, apparently intentionally. It can scarcely be likely, with all the work of the firm, that the old punch was good enough cut down and seems a whim to suggest the change of the firm’s make-up.
Robert Sharp died in 1803.
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