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A rare late 17th century combined snuffers stand and candle holder, complete with original snuffers, maker's mark only struck several times, WB, a mullet below in a shaped surround (Jackson, 1989 edition, p. 141, line 5), London, circa 1685
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A rare late 17th century combined snuffers stand and candle holder, complete with original snuffers, maker's mark only struck several times, WB, a mullet below in a shaped surround (Jackson, 1989 edition, p. 141, line 5), London, circa 1685
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A rare late 17th century combined snuffers stand and candle holder, complete with original snuffers, maker's mark only struck several times, WB, a mullet below in a shaped surround (Jackson, 1989 edition, p. 141, line 5), London, circa 1685
the moulded octagonal base supporting a short baluster stem above lobes, the snuffers holder engraved on one side with a contemporary coat-of-arms and feather cartouche between an applied scroll handle and a candle holder, the underside with scratch weight '11=17,' the snuffers of typical scissors form, the box engraved with a contemporary cockerel crest
17.5cm., 6 7/8in. high overall, 16.3cm., 6 3/8in. length of snuffers
317gr., 10oz. 3dwt.
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來源

The property of Dr. C.H. Lewis of Toronto, Canada, sold Sotheby's, London, 14 December 1967, lot 123 (£3,000, Shrubsole)
S.J. Shrubsole, London, 1967
Christie's, New York, 23 October 2000, lot 286

出版

Apollo, London, March 1968, p. 235, illustrated

相關資料

Examples of late 17th century English silver snuffers stands with snuffers and attached candle holders are exceptionally rare. Three examples with conical extinguishers included, one of which is also maker’s mark WB, a mullet below, London, 1688, are in the Assheton Bennett Collection in Manchester City Art Gallery. (See John F. Hayward, ‘English Silver in the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Assheton Bennett,’ Connoisseur, London, June 1956, pp. 223-228)

The unascribed maker’s mark, WB, a mullet below, has been recorded on several silver sugar casters, all with London hallmarks between 1682 and 1688 (for example, Sotheby’s, London, 8 June 1972, lot 82; Christie’s, London, 8 July 1987, lot 221). In fact, the maker WB, a mullet below, seems to have been one of the first English silversmiths to have produced sets of three casters.The impression of this mark in Jackson (1989, p. 141, line 5) was clearly drawn from a badly struck or indistinct example, whereas two or three of the nine struck on this snuffers stand and snuffers are very clear.

Dr. C.H. Lewis, who graduated from Queen’s University, Ontario and received his Specialist’s Certificate in Psychiatry from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, was eventually appointed consultant psychiatrist in the Mental Health Division of the Canadian Department of Health. His retirement coincided with the sale of his collection of mostly early 18th century English silver at Sotheby’s, London on 14 December 1967, lots 99 to 126. The present snuffers stand and snuffers (lot 123) were outstripped in price by only one lot (116): a set of four silver-gilt candlesticks, Thomas Folkingham, London, 1725 and circa which realized £5,500 (Partridge). These sticks have since reappeared twice at auction at Christie’s, London: first on 26 November 1980, lot 106 (£11,000) and second on 9 December 2010, lot 45 (£25,000).

The Neil & Gina Smith Collection

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