A truly beautiful and rare pair of George II silver-gilt cast candlesticks, eachwith shaped octagonal bases shaped and stepped with delicately embossed shell and engraved floral decoration. The fluted columns decorated with a leaf pattern, rising above a circular knop to a shaped knop with conforming pattern to match the base. The capitals with matching leaf and floral engraving, surmounted by raised, circular sconces.
Both candlesticks are clearly hallmarked for the renowned silversmith Edward Aldridge, London 1741. One capital is marked with the lion passant.
The sconces are hallmarked for Andrew Crespel & Thomas Parker, London 1866, the makers mark is only partially struck on each.
These candlesticks are in exceptional condition with very fine detail to the engraving.
The gilding is in very fine condition and shows no signs of ware. No erasures or repairs.
The sconces fit very well and they were likely made bespoke for the candlesticks as originally they probably had no sconces.
It is incredibly rare to find candlesticks made by Edward Aldridge as he usually made very fine pierced work, like baskets.
It is very unusual to find such beautifully designed & decorated candlesticks in such pristine condition and as such these exceptional and rare George II candlesticks are highly collectable.
Width of base (at widest point): 4 1/4 inches or 10.5cm