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Candlestick and nozzle

Candlestick and nozzle

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    1761-1762 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ebenezer Coker (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mr A. G. Gooch, through The Art Fund

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.1204&A-1967

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Before the 1780s candles made of tallow (animal fat), beeswax and spermaceti (sperm whale oil) were the chief source of artificial light. Even in the 19th century, with competition from oil lamps, gas and electricity, candles and candlesticks remained essential items used throughout the home and moved from room to room as light was required

Physical description

Candlestick with detachable nozzle (one of a pair), silver in the form of a baluster stem rising from a deeply shaped hexagonal base, cast and chased. Decoration consisting of mouldings, flutings and gadrooning and corded edges; the deeply shaped hexagonal nozzle decorated with six shell ornaments.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

1761-1762 (made)

Artist/maker

Ebenezer Coker (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver

Marks and inscriptions

EC for Ebenezer Coker - marks struck on the inside of the base, maker's mark is overstamped by the date letter

London hallmarks for 1761-2

Dimensions

Height: 10.125 in, Diameter: 5.5 in of base

Object history note

Bequest - A G Gooch Esq.
Through NACF
Acquisition RF: 67 / 2701

Descriptive line

Silver, London hallmarks for 1761-2, mark of Ebenezer Coker.

Materials

Silver

Techniques

Casting; Chasing

Subjects depicted

Gadrooning; Fluting; Shells

Categories

Metalwork; Lighting

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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