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Antique Portuguese Candle Holder

Portuguese Silver Candlesticks - Antique Circa 1800

An exceptional, fine and impressive pair of antique Portuguese cast silver candlesticks; part of our 19th century ornamental silverware collection

SKU C7184


These exceptional antique Portuguese cast silver candlesticks have a circular rounded knopped form to a swept circular spreading base.

These antique candlesticks feature bell shaped capitals, encompassed with fluted decoration to the lower portion.

Each capital is fitted with an impressive sconce, encompassed with a thread decorated border to the rim.

The tapering cylindrical columns are encompassed with further fluted decoration, and each incorporates a thread decorated knop to the upper and lower portions.

These antique cast silver candlesticks have circular bases ornamented with alternating fluted and batwing decoration to the swept portion, to a collet style rim.

The underside of each base is further embellished with a contemporary engraved inscription 'Varziella Anno DE 1804 Lemos Pezaó 14800, Feitio 3600'.

These exceptional antique silver candlesticks do not have weighted bases.

The hallmarks struck to the rim of each foot consists of:

Assay scrape: Zickzack line (Tremolierstrich)

City mark: Oporto, Portugal*

These exceptional candle holders are the finest examples of their type you could hope to acquire.

NOTE: * This mark was used between 1768 and 1810; this in conjunction with the contemporary engraved inscription determines the date as circa 1800.

Maker: Untraced Maker's Mark

These antique Portuguese candle holders are an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in exceptional condition.

The cast decoration is all very sharp.

The Portuguese hallmarks struck to the rim of each base are all very clear; the hallmarks are struck deeply due to the exceptional gauge of silver.

Reflections in photographs may detract from the true representation of these fine examples of antique silverware.

Height 21.1cm/8.3"

Diameter of sconce 5cm/2"

Diameter of base 11.7cm/4.6"

16.9 troy ounces/526g

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