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Candlestick, one of set of 4

1745-1746 (date letter)
Origin: England, London
OH: 14 1/6"; W(base): 5 3/4"
Silver (Sterling)
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1976-67,1A&B
Candlestick with removable nozzle with flat dished top plate of square plan and deep tapered bezel with closed bottom fitting socket; socket of square plan in the form of full architectural entablature; central section of stem in the form of a fluted column of the Ionic order with capital and appropriate base moldings; stem supported on five-stage stepped base of square design.

Arms of Sir Kenrick Clayton, 2nd Baronet of Harleyford Manor, Buckinghamshire, with those of Herring borne in pretense for his wife, Henrietta Maria, eldest daughter and co-heir of Henry Herring, married in 1740, engraved on face of each base; crest of Clayton engraved on upper face of each nozzle.
Label:These candlesticks are remarkable both stylistically and technically. They are the only known English silver candlesticks of columnar form with a pretention towards architectural correctness from the first half of the eighteenth century. Also, aside from a few minor pieces, the sockets, stems, and bases of these candlesticks are cast rather than wrought.
Provenance:Arms of Sir Kenrick Clayton, 2nd Baronet of Harleyford Manor, Buckinghamshire, with those of Herring borne in pretense for his wife, Henrietta Maria, eldest daughter and co-heir of Henry Herring, married in 1740, engraved on face of each base; crest of Clayton engraved on upper face of each nozzle.
Vendor: S. J. Shrubsole Corp, New York
Mark(s):Maker's mark "P.L" in script letters with crown above and a pellet below within a conforming reserve, leopard's head crowned, lion passant, and date letter on face of each base; maker's mark and lion passant on underside of top plate of each nozzle.
Inscription(s):Top of each socket and bezel of each nozzle engraved with corresponding set numbers "I", "II", "III", and "IV".
Arms of Sir Kenrick Clayton, 2nd Baronet of Harleyford Manor, Buckinghamshire, with those of Herring borne in pretense for his wife, Henrietta Maria, eldest daughter and co-heir of Henry Herring, married in 1740, engraved on face of each base; crest of Clayton engraved on upper face of each nozzle.