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Pair of Silver Filigree Candlesticks
possibly Haarlem (Netherlands) or Dutch Colonial
early 18th century

heights: 24.6cm, combined weight: 233g, diameter of candle well: 2.2cm

This fine pair of candlesticks or stands is composed of silver filigree and patterned silver sheet strips. They sit on feet with scalloped edging which rise to a
dome from which tall, thin tapering stems rise. The heads of the candlesticks are shaped like poppy flower pods.

The filigree is relatively open and is a combination of thin plaited or beaded wire shaped into tighter curls amid broader, flatter strats.

The precise origins of the pair is unclear. Most probably they are Dutch colonial, or possibly were made in the Netherlands itself. A silver filigree tea caddy,
unmarked but attributed to 1710, Haarlem, that is in the Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, the Netherlands, has some similarity to the work on these candlesticks.
(See below for a photograph of the Haarlem tea caddy.)

Both are in excellent condition.

Provenance: private UK collection

Inventory no.: 2851

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A silver filigree tea caddy, unmarked but attributed to 1710,
Haarlem. Photographed in September 2014 at the Frans Hals
Museum, Haarlem, the Netherlands.