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SOLD - Austro-Hungarian Silver Eight Light Candelabra - Antique Circa 1890

A magnificent, fine and impressive, uncommon pair of large Austro-Hungarian silver eight light candelabra; an addition to our continental ornamental silverware collection

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SOLD - Austro-Hungarian Silver Eight Light Candelabra - Antique Circa 1890
SOLD - Austro-Hungarian Silver Eight Light Candelabra - Antique Circa 1890

Description


These magnificent antique Austro-Hungarian silver 8 light candelabra have a baluster shaped central column to a figural ornamentation and circular domed base.


These impressive and large silver candelabra are each fitted with eight branches (labra), supporting circular rounded capitals; it is uncommon to find a candelabra with such a large array of available lights.


Each sconce is encompassed with embossed fluted decoration and has a fixed sconce and drip pan encircled with bead ornamentation.


The labra are supported by a large circular knop embellished with further fluted decoration.


The central columns are surmounted with an impressive waisted terminal with a plain ball finial.


The upper portion and labra of each candelabrum is supported by an impressive and large bearded figural ornamentation depicting Triton with a tied crown around his hair, grasping the knop above his head with both arms.


The knopped bases are encircled with bands of chased shell and leaf decoration all on a matte background.


Each hallmarked base is supported by four impressive applied feet embellished with a bearded mask motif amidst scrolling leaf and bead designs.


The bases of these candelabra are not weighted.


The hallmarks struck to the base of these impressive candelabra include:

Maker's mark: FR (untraced)

Assay mark: Dianakopf mark - A (Vienna, Austria)

Silver quality/purity mark: Dianakopf mark** (.800, 800/1000)


* Triton, known in the Greek mythology as Τρίτων/Tritōn, is a merman born to Poseidon and Amphitrite; the God and Godess of the sea who could each accommodate both land and sea, but were not merfolk. His upper portion was that of a human, with the tail of a fish. Traditionally he is seen carrying a twisted conch shell, used to calm the waves.


**This variation of the Dianakopf mark was used for Austro-Hungarian silver between 1872-1922; this mark, in addition to the style, determines the date of this service as circa 1890.


Date: 1890

Condition


These antique, large 8 light candelabra are an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in exceptional condition.

There are some minor surface blemishes to each candelabrum, in keeping with age.

The chased decoration is all very sharp.

The hallmarks struck to the surface of each base are all very clear.


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


Dimensions


Height 62cm/24.4"

Width across arms 36cm/14.2"

Diameter across feet 29cm/11.4"

Diameter of base 23.5cm/9.3"


 
 
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Andrew Campbell started trading in antiques during the 1970s. Initially, Andrew lived in the South of England, travelling the country, searching for items of silver to buy. Andrew sold these items at various London markets and antique fairs. Over time, and through selling at a range of venues, Andrew built up a large and diverse customer base from private buyers to national and international trade customers.
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