Candelabra bearing the arms of the 4th Duke of Richmond (1764–1819)
Maker: Benjamin Smith II
for firm of Rundell, Bridge and Rundell (British, London, active 1797–1843)
Lent by Ellen Davis, 1983
Designs based on Egyptian motifs made were fashionable in France in the last quarter of the eighteenth century, and became more widespread after Napoleon’s campaigns in Egypt (1798–1801). This pair of candelabra was probably designed by Jean-Jacques Boileau. The stem is crowned with the head of the Egyptian goddess Isis, recognizable by her stylized hair the knot on her chest. The Duke of Richmond, whose arms these candelabra bear, belonged to a generation of ambitious silver patrons, of whom the Prince Regent (later George IV) was perhaps the most visible.
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