Pair of candlesticks

  • Designer

    After a design by Sir William Chambers (1726-96)

  • Detail

    Ivory

    Indian (Murshidabad), late eighteenth-century

  • Provenance

    By repute Warren Hastings (1732-1818), Daylesford, Oxfordshire; [ … ]; William Redford, London; Jon Gerstenfeld, Washington, U S A

  • Exhibited

    CINOA exhibition, Richmond, Virginia, 1983

  • Literature

    E. Lennox-Boyd, ed., Masterpieces of English Furniture: The Gerstenfeld Collection, London,1998, cat. no. 60, col. pl. 106

  • Collection

    Private collection

  • Notes

    Published in the 3rd edition of his Treatise on the Decorative Parts of Civil Architecture of 1791, the attribution of the design for these candlesticks has long been securely give to Sir William Chambers, architect to George III.  Several examples of the model attributed to Diederich Nicolaus Anderson appear in ormolu.  After Anderson’s death in 1757, it seems likely that Chambers passed the design to Josiah Wedgwood, who produced the model in Basaltware.

    In his essay on the ivory pieces in the Gerstenfeld collection, Amin Jaffer suggests that, while it is not impossible that these ivory examples were produced from a model in another medium, the inclusion of the medallion on the chain around the neck of the griffin does not appear on ceramic examples, while the drip-pans and socket differ from ormolu comparables, perhaps indicating that the present examples were produced from the detailed drawings.