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.
Pair of candlesticks by Edward Wakelin, 17571758
© V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum)
- Height: 37.7 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £30,000 ( Total: £115,000)
- Acquired in:
- 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).
George William, 6th Earl of Coventry; by descent; Christies 1985; Al-Tajir Collection; Christies New York 2003.