Lot 734
  • 734

A pair of Maltese silver candlesticks, Vincenzo Menville, Perellos period, circa 1700

20,000 - 30,000 GBP
bidding is closed


  • Silver
  • 18cm., 7 1/8 in. high
the plain sconces on gadrooned bands, stiff-leaf embellished knopped baluster columns, gadrooned girdles, each on a spreading circular foot with gadrooned rim, engraved AV 10: SANT and the initials A.I. to the underside


Probably Publio Maria Sant (1779-1864), bishop of Malta
directly inherited by the current owner

Catalogue Note

The first mention of Vincenzo Menville, like many of his contemporaries is in 1715, when he achieved his warrant, despite the assay marks on these candlesticks pre-dating this date. Another pair of candlesticks of the Perellos period (1697-1720) of similar form, and in all likeliness the same maker (the author describes a distorted mark of an upheld hand flanked to the right with the letter 'M'), can be found in Alain Apap Bologna, The Silver of Malta, Malta, 1995, pg. 45. lot 43. 

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.