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A Fine of Pair of Adam Style Gilt-Bronze Nine-Light Floor Standing Candelabra

FRANCE, Circa 1880

REF No. B70731

dimensions

Height :212 cm | 95¹/₂ in
Diameter :63 cm | 24³/₄ in

description

A Fine of Pair of Adam Style Gilt-Bronze Nine-Light Floor Standing Candelabra with glass shades.

Each candelabra is surmounted by a vase, with an anthemion finial on a waisted foliate foot and dish, issuing three scrolling and reeded branches terminating in a foliate stem and gadrooned dish with four ram’s head masks and reeded drip-pans, above a waisted foliate and pearled stem and further dish, issuing six conforming branches. The ovoid body has a trailed railed boss and is raised on three husk-trailed monopodia legs headed by a crowned and winged maiden-mask. The legs are united by by floral swags and a circular stretcher and terminate in hoof feet, supported on a concave-sided, canted, stepped triangular base with foliate bands.

literature

Hussey, C. 'Headfort, Co. Meath, The Seat of the Marquess of Headfort', Country Life, 28 March 1936, part I; p. 327, fig. 3, shown in situ in the Eating Parlour.

Provenance

This pair of candelabra were formerly in the collection of Thomas Taylour, 3rd Marquess of Headfort (d. 1894), at Headfort House, Co. Meath, Ireland. They then remained at Headfort by descent.

Headfort House is a mid-Georgian neo-classical mansion built by Sir Thomas Taylor, the first Lord Headfort, based on the designs of the Dublin based architect George Semple. Work began on the house in the 1760s and was completed sometime in the early 1770s. In 1771, Lord Headfort commissioned Robert Adam to create a decorative scheme for the suite of six state rooms of the house.

Designed in the Adam style to complement the Adam style decoration of the house, the candelabra remained in the house for over one hundred years until the contents were sold towards the end of the twentieth century. The candelabra can be seen illustrated in a Country Life article on the house published on the 28th March 1936.

Robert Adam

A Fine of Pair of Adam Style Gilt-Bronze Nine-Light Floor Standing Candelabra







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