17th Apr, 2018 11:00

The Principal Contents of North Mymms Park - Two-Day Sale - DAY ONE

Lot 269


A pair of impressive George IV silver five-light candelabra with royal arms

A pair of impressive George IV silver five-light candelabra with royal arms,
Charles and John Fry II, London, 1824,
the shaped circular bases, the baluster knopped stems and baluster sconces richly cast and chased with rocaille and floral ornament, the guilloché stems above boar chased knops, and below masks, rising to detachable branches cast and chased with scrolling acanthus, the central knops further applied with acanthus, marked on bases and detachable branches, each with a royal coat of arms,
74cm high x 46cm wide (2)

George III had seven sons, however, from an evidential point of view there are only five who could have owned these candelabra, his eldest son, George, had succeeded to the throne as King George IV in 1820 and his fourth son, Edward Duke of Kent, died in the same year. The difficulty in assigning ownership of these candelabra to one of the five surviving sons arises when examining the royal cadency mark of the label of three points modelled on the shoulders of the lion and unicorn supporters to the arms. These should ordinarily be charged with devices that would identify the prince concerned. Royal cadency marks should also appear on the arms and about the neck of the lion in the crest. In the present example, the label is omitted altogether on the arms and does not appear to be shown around the neck of the crest. Undoubtedly this is an error or omission by the silversmith at the time.

As a point of interest, all versions of the royal arms used by members of the royal family, save for the sovereign, are not granted by the Kings of Arms, but are assigned by Royal Warrant, generally when they reach their majority, and are then recorded in the Official Records of The College of Arms. The Royal Warrant would also specify the devices to be charged upon the three-pointed label.

Sold for £37,000

Condition Report
Each approximately 8.6kg
There are two dates on candelabra, 1824, the other is dated 1825.
Some marks on sconces and drip pans are rubbed - possible screws/threads replaced.
Slight variation between shape of boarder on boss below central sconce - please see pictures.
The base marked 'le' and 'k'.
Would recommend viewing in person.
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Auction: The Principal Contents of North Mymms Park - Two-Day Sale - DAY ONE, 17th Apr, 2018

To be sold at the Stansted Mountfitchet Auction Rooms

12 April 2018 Private View
13 April 2018 9am - 5pm
14 April 2018 10am - 1pm
15 April 2018 10am - 1pm
16 April 2018 9am - 5pm
17 April 2018 from 9am

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