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.