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Classical, Ram's Head, Columnar, Silver Candlesticks

Classical, Ram's Head, Columnar, Silver Candlesticks
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These four, matched, silver candlesticks are estate items with a continuous history in one family that traces to the 19th century. The particulars of the origin of these, however, are lost to memory, which leaves full identification inferential.

They are probably silverplate and probably English. Each piece has three symbol touch marks on the lower edge, but these are heavily rubbed. While perhaps recognizable to a knowing eye, not so for this listing.

Each piece stands 10" tall and has a 4" square base. The undersides are filled with a cement like substance which has been covered with green felt at some point.

The design is completely derived from the Classical tradition. The base is a pediment with four sloping sides with an anthemion motif margin. Each panel features a ram's head with a swag reaching to the seams. The central section of each stick is columnar. These are ribbed and sit on reduced scale pedestals. There are four elongated braces encasing the shaft, each of which ends in a hairy sheep's hoof. There is a Greek Key band encircling the column about midway up.

The corners of the square pediment that tops the column incorporate ram's heads matching those on the base. These are joined by swags. Lastly, the very top of this pediment is urn shaped, and decorated with swags. These are each fitted with a removable, beaded bobeche.

The condition is exceptionally fine. There is no evident damage, such as nicks, dents, or splits. There is some softening of detail from polishing, but no under metal shows through. The finishes remain lustrous.

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