A pair of Maltese silver candlesticks, Vincenzo Menville, Perellos period, circa 1700
- 18cm., 7 1/8 in. high
directly inherited by the current owner
Menville became Consul for Goldsmiths in 1733, a position of power and consequence, and was known as a distinguished craftsman and excellent silversmith. In 1737, under Menville's tenure, a ban was issued to twenty-three master-craftsmen, noted in the annules of the 'dello Orefici et Argentieri'.
Publio Maria Sant was the son of Giovanni Francesco, 2nd Count Sant. Publio Sant was ordained priest in 1805, was ordained Bishop of Laranda in 1818 and Bishop of Malta and Titular Archbishop of Rhodes in 1847. Archbishop Sant is well known in Sliema as the one who gave permission for the construction of a new church dedicated to Our Lady of Stella Maris in 1852. He resigned on December 4, 1857 and died in 1864.