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Paul Storr (1771-1844)

The Apples of the Hesperides candelabrum (part of The Grand Service) 1810-17

RCIN 51976

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This work and its pair (with the figures of Mercury and the infant Bacchus) were the largest and most magnificent candelabra in George IV's splendid Grand Service of banqueting plate. The sculptural group around the stem depicts an episode from the last of the Twelve Labours of Hercules, and was designed by John Flaxman for the royal goldsmiths, Rundell, Bridge & Rundell. The candelabra, along with much of the Grand Service, remains in use to this day. They are always used on The Queen’s table at the State Banquets. Standing at over 4ft tall, the parts of the candelabra must be assembled in situ for the banquets by the Yeomen of the Pantries.