This pair of silver-gilt candelsticks rest on a base with cut-out contours. The ocean-themed base is also decorated with conchs and volutes. Its barrel is made up of a male figure in a fur gown, covering his mouth with his left hand, and holding a cup or purse in his right hand.
The binets show the base background as a reminder. They are engraved with a Crest and show a lion holding a standard with a crown (Duke of Marlborough) and a medallion bearing the motto of the order of the garter «Honi soit qui mal y pense» (King George III or IV). London, 1840-1841. Letter E.
Goldsmith Robert Garrard II made one of the two candelsticks. He stamped it at its base and on the binets.
In 1818, Robert Garrard II (1793-1881), son of Robert Garrard I, took over his father’s work with help from his two brothers, James and Sebastian. The shop was renamed R.J & S Garrard until 1835 when it became R & S Garrard because of James’ withdrawal from the business.
Over the course of the 19th century, the Garrards’ shop experienced an economic boom until a peak in 1843 when Queen Victoria named it the Crown’s official jeweler house succeeding to Rundell Bridge & Co. They started making silver coins and jewels for the royal family including the crown for King Edward VII’s consecration (1841-1910).
In 1848, Robert Garrard II created the legendary ewer of the America’s Cup trophy.
- Year: 1840-41
- Origin: England
- Goldsmith: Robert GARRARD II
- Material or technique: silver-gilt
- Height: 16 cm
Collection Pierre Combescot (1940-2017), French journalist and writer.
Similar model reproduced in "The collector's dictionnary of the SILVER and GOLG of Great Britain and North America" Michael Clayton.
The work of R.J & S. Garrard has appeared in several exhibitions including the 1851 World Exhibition in London.