Pair of candlesticks by Edward Wakelin

These candlesticks are one of two pairs commissioned by George William, 6th Earl of Coventry (1722-1809) an outstanding patron of architecture and the decorative arts and an early enthusiast for the neo-classical taste.


Details

Medium:
Silver
Dimensions:
Height: 37.7 cm
Art Fund grant:
£30,000 ( Total: £115,000)
Acquired in:
2003
Vendor:
Rare Art (London) Ltd

The form of the candlesticks is based on a design by the architect William Kent (1685-1748) which was adapted to incorporate neo-classical ornament (such as the band of Vitruvian scrollwork beneath the nozzle and the festoons on the octagonal base).

Provenance

George William, 6th Earl of Coventry; by descent; Christies 1985; Al-Tajir Collection; Christies New York 2003.

Venue details

V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) Cromwell Road, London London SW7 2RL 020 7942 2000 www.vam.ac.uk

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