Pair of 'Lyon-faced' candlesticks by Matthew Boulton

Two candlesticks from a set of four made during the time when there was no assay office in Birmingham.


Height: 32.5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£9,000 ( Total: £19,893)
Acquired in:
Partridge Fine Arts

Boulton and Fothergill had to send all their silver to Chester, 72 miles away, to be assayed. The design is said to have been inspired by Boulton's travels in France in 1765 and quickly became very desirable. The other 2 candlesticks are in the Grosvenor Museum, Chester.

Artists include


Sir John Nelthorpe; by descent to Executors of Colonel Roger Sutton Nelthrope of Scawby Hall, Lincolnshire; Sotheby's, 2002; Partridge Fine Arts plc.

Venue details

Soho House Soho Avenue (off Soho Road), Handsworth, Birmingham West Midlands B18 5LB 0121 348 8000

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