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Paul Storr (1771-1844)

Candelabra (part of The Grand Service) hallmarks 1804-13

RCIN 50827

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A set of twenty-four silver-gilt four light candelabra, each with three scrolling branches cast with acanthus and lion masks, on a tapering stem cast as three Greco-Egyptian monopodiae, and a gadrooned base with three paw feet. The stem is engraved with the royal coat of arms. The set of candelabra were supplied by the two major workshops who were contracted to Rundells - that of Digby Scott and Benjamin Smith, and that of Paul Storr. With their fashionable and eclectic mix of Greek, Roman and Egyptian motifs the design of these candelabra was perhaps influenced by the Anglo-Dutch designer and arbiter of taste, Thomas Hope. Hope did much to promote the Greek revival and Egyptian styles in England. His London mansion in Duchess Street, which housed his extensive collections, was opened to the public in 1804, the year in which these candelabra were probably designed.