These candelabra, although based on a French prototype dating from the 18th Century, are almost certainly English due to the lightness of modeling, gilding technique and typically English vase-shaped brass candleholders.

9811 Candelabra

It is likely that the pair, unusually carved in fine detail from wood, were produced either as special commissions or as maquettes for the plaster sculpture industry that flourished in Britain from the mid 18th to the mid 19th century .

By the early years of the 19th century the demand amongst wealthy patrons in England was so great that sculptors such as Robert Shout and Humphrey Hopper began to make a speciality out of small to medium scale plaster sculptures of neoclassical maidens fitted as lamps.

As only two pairs of the present model are known to exist it seems very likely that they are extremely rare examples of maquettes relating to the hitherto obscure plaster cast industry in England.  this has recently become the source of much academic interest due to Timothy Clifford’s important essay “The Plaster Shops of Rococo and Neoclassical Era in Britain”, published in the Journal of the History of Collections in 1992.

This pair were part of the original furnishings of Trevor House, 15 East 90th Street, NY, built for Emily Trevor in 1926.