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

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.

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