Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.


  • Place of origin:

    London (allegedly, made)

  • Date:

    1703-1704 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Rand, John (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, repoussé and engraved

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Joseph Bond

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 66, The Whiteley Galleries, case 2

Spectrographic analysis of this pair of sconces was carried out by the London Assay Office in May 1989 and they appear to be early 19th century. The proportions of copper to silver do not match the alloys of the early 18th century and the maker's mark appears to have been cast.

Physical description

Silver, one of a pair of sconces, the back of each is engraved with a shield of arms within a repoussé strapwork frame decorated with an imbricated pattern and is surmounted by a flaming vase supported by two amorini holding festoons, whilst below on either side is a bird's head with a festoon in its beak. The nozzles with flat circular rings are upheld by scrolls.

Place of Origin

London (allegedly, made)


1703-1704 (made)


Rand, John (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver, repoussé and engraved

Marks and inscriptions

London hallmarks for 1703-04

Mark of John Rand

Engraved with a shield of arms for Seabright
Information supplied (June 1903) from G.S. Seabright who said he had them engraved while previously in his possession.


Height: 22 cm, Width: 15 cm, Depth: 16 cm, Weight: 348.2 g

Historical context note

At the request of Philippa Glanville, these sconces were spectrographically analysed at the London Assay Office in May, 1989, and appear to be early 19th century. They have a high copper content which is not typical of the period; the silver content ca.935 is not characteristic of sterling and the marks appear to have been cast.

Descriptive line

Silver, London hallmarks for 1703-4, mark of John Rand.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

V&A Catalogue, 1920. No. 87, pl. 37
V&A Catalogue, 1965. No. 103
Watts. Old English Silver. pp. 75. pl. 62a
Jackson pp.84




Repoussé; Engraving (incising)

Subjects depicted

Vase, Urn; Scrolls (motifs); Coats of arms; Festoons; Birds; Amorini; Strapwork


Lighting; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.