An extremely rare pair of famille rose candlesticks. Qianlong
Modelled after the style of a George II original; decorated in orange, gilt, red and green enamel with a floral design on the hexafoil and shell shaped base. 21cm (8¼in) high. (2). Estimate: £8,000 - 10,000 Unsold.
Provenance: Ex. A Private French Collection.
Footnote: The George II style was typical of the mid 18th century, being one of the most common and popular styles of Georgian silver candlesticks. Often seen with a shaped square base and shell corners, this cast design has many variations. John Cafe (first mark registered 1740) was a leading silversmith in the casting of this style. For a comparable silver example see, Peter Waldron, The Price Guide to Antique Silver, p.57, pl.134.
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