1823, THE BRANCHES 1826
each on raised circular bases with scrolled leaf and shell panel supports, engraved with an inscription and coat of arms, the stems richly cast, chased and textured as a seated male or female figure accompanied by a leopard, with cherubs on their shoulders, grape-laden baskets above rising to three curved scrolled foliate branches complete with drip-pans, scones and detachable nozzles, the centres each fitted with a finial, the undersides stamped GARRARDS Panton Street LONDON, in green baize-lined fitted metal-bound oak plate chest with engraved brass label R & S GARRARD & Co Crown Goldsmiths & Jewellers PANTON STREET, HAYMARKET, LONDON, and damaged printed paper label for the same
The same model of candelabra are illustrated as a part of a three-piece suite in Royal Goldsmiths, The Garrard Heritage, Garrard & Co. Ltd, London, 1991, p.76-77.
The arms are those of Le Marchant impaling Smith for the Liberal politician and civil servant Sir Denis Le Marchant (1795-1874), second son of Major-General John Gaspard Le Marchant, who was killed at the Battle of Salamanca in 1812, and his wife Mary, daughter of John Carey. Denis Le Marchant, who married in 1835 Sarah Eliza (d. 1894), sister of Sir Charles Smith, 1st Bt, was educated at Eton and joined the Board of Trade in 1836, where he was Secretary until 1841, the year of his elevation to the peerage as a baronet. At that time he had recently inherited a fortune from an uncle, which prompted him to buy a country seat, Chobham Place, south of Sunningdale, Berkshire, a house with fine views, the site of which in the 17th Century John Aubrey had recommended for its 'salubrious air [and] blue mist in the valleys.'
Le Marchant, who was MP for Worcester in 1846/47, became Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department in 1847 and Chief Clerk of the House of Commons in 1850, which post he held until 1871.His elder son, Henry Denis (1839-1915), who succeeded to the title as 2nd baronet upon his father's death, became a barrister; and his younger son, Francis Charles (1843-1930), was a member of the Council of India between 1896 and 1906. Of his other children, only two appear to be recorded: Helen Augusta (1836-1924) and Emma Mary (1841-1851).
The inscription reads IN MEMORIAM 1851. 1852. 1853.
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