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Herbert Minton & Co (c.1841-45 and c.1847-73)

Highlander Candelabra 1854-55

RCIN 12142

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These candelabra of highlanders holding elaborate deer stalking trophies exemplify Queen Victoria’s love of all things Scottish. They were made for the Drawing Room at Balmoral Castle, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's home in the Scottish Highlands, which was decorated with tartan carpet, thistle-pattern wallpaper and Landseer prints. They were produced by two of the leading manufacturers of the Victorian age working in collaboration, Minton of Stoke-on-Trent and Winfield of Birmingham. The highlander groups, designed by Edwin Landseer, were possibly modelled by John Bell. Elkington’s electroformed trophies may be by their in-house designer, the French sculptor A.E. Carrier-Belleuse. The candelabra were made for Queen Victoria for Balmoral Castle and given to Prince Albert (payments dated August and November 1854, £468 8s, RA VIC/ADD T/232/83 and RA VIC/ADD T/231, quarter to 31 March 1855 marked ‘Presents’)