M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
FINE GEORGE II CAST TAPERSTICK
John Quantock, London 1753
A quite fine example of heavy gauge silver and with fine detailing,
in the form of the contemporary George II candlestick of the 1750s,
having a spool nozzle with finely gadrooned bandings,
above a stem with shell and leaf knops above an annulated gadrooned knop,
and encircling basal fine gadrooning atop the
the square shaped base, having corners with further shell decoration
Note on Maker :
John Quantock, Kingsbury, Somerset, was apprenticed to James Gould in 1726.
His first mark was registered in 1739.
Like his master Gould, Quantock was a specialist candlestick maker.
Two snuffer trays, one with scissors, are in the collection of the Victoria & Albert.
Tapersticks. usually about 5" in height, are constructed in the form of candlesticks of the period.
Unknown prior to the Queen Anne era, tapersticks are also much rarer than candlesticks.
They generally come as a single rather than pairs,
as they were used on the desk for holding 'sealing wax' tapers.
The bobeche (drip pan) is not introduced until c1750 – thus this example not yet having a pan.
Condition : Excellent, with good marks verso; a small dent to the nozzle rim
5.25" High / 5.3 oz.
(Images are oversize for inspection)
Showing small dent to rim
See Also :
LATE SEPTEMBER STORIES : 'TAPERSTICKS, & SEALING WAX'
Early George III Cast Rococo Silver Taperstick, Hex Foil Base, William Gould, London, 1760
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