A fine pair of George III neoclassical Candlesticks with matching Taperstick.
A pair of cast silver George III neoclassical Candlesticks and a matching Taperstick, by Robert Jones, London 1781. Each part engraved with a crest for the Rev. William Norris of Wood Norton Hall and Guist in Norfolk [1727-1798]. Wood Norton Hall, acquired by Norris in 1780, retains some neoclassical features in the entrance hall, perhaps to the design of Sir John Soane.
These candlesticks and the taperstick were part of a suite of matching silver by Robert Jones, which included a pair of crested Chambersticks and a Salver engraved with a full coat-of-arms. The career of Robert Jones, one of a group of London silversmiths producing high quality silver in the neoclassical style at this period, remains in need of further research. The pattern of this suite clearly derives from the designs of the architect William Chambers’ pupil, John Yenn.
The Candlesticks – 44.4 cm high; diameter of the bases – 14.1cm; the weight of the candlesticks – 1643.6 gms.
The Taperstick – 17.2cm high; the diameter of the base – 8.6cm.; the weight of the taperstick 175.4gms.
Overall weight – 1819.20 gms.