A Good Pair of George III Candlesticks - William Cafe, London - Sterling Silver - 1766

Description
A Good Pair of George III Candlesticks - William Cafe, London - Sterling Silver - 1766
England

This is a stunning Pair of George lll Cast Silver Candlesticks, each with a detachable sconce above a baluster stem and hexagonal base, decorated in relief with scallop shells and gadrooned rims, London 1766 by William Cafe.

Height 27cm

John Cafe was a silversmith based in London who specialised in candlesticks. He died in 1757 and was succeeded by his apprenticed brother William, who continued the production of candlesticks until 1772.

The William Cafe antique sterling silver candlesticks displayed on this page are made of cast silver. The other two types of candlesticks which collectors may find are either loaded or sheet silver. With very few exceptions, the best investment is cast (such as the Cafe candlesticks shown here) followed by sheet and then loaded silver.

It is easy to distinguish between the three types of candlestick because the sheet examples will be smooth inside and of even thickness, as well as being much lighter than the cast pieces. Cast candlesticks are only smooth at the centre (having been turned on a lathe) but otherwise the base is quite rough. It is also common for the hallmarks on cast silver candlesticks to be stamped on the rough silver underneath, such as shown on the examples below.

Cast silver candlesticks started being produced at the beginning of the eighteenth century - up until that time they were primarily sheeted silver.

The valuable Georgian cast candlesticks displayed here are beautiful examples of William Cafe's work.

One of the candlesticks weighs 662g and the other 696g

Lot details
Object
A Good Pair of George III Candlesticks - William Cafe, London
Material
Sterling Silver
Designer/ Artist
William Cafe, London
Manufacturer/ Brand
William Cafe, London
Estimated Period
1766
Country of Origin
England
Condition
Excellent condition - barely used with minimal signs of aging & wear
Dimensions
28×14×28 cm
Weight
1358 g
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