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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "A PAIR OF CANTAGALLI TIN-GLAZED CANDLESTICKS WITH THE ARMS OF BEAUFORT"
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Painted in under-glaze blue with the arms and supporters of the Duke of Beaufort above the motto MUTARE VEL TIMERE SPERNO.
Although unmarked another pair of identical form bearing the cockerel mark of Cantagalli are known. These also have English arms, those of Sir George Reresby Sitwell and can be seen in the ‘Past Sales’ section of this website. These are the only others that we are aware of.
A probable candidate for the commissioning of the candlesticks is Lord Henry Somerset (1849 –1932), second son of Henry Somerset, 8th Duke of Beaufort. Lord Henry spent much of his life in Florence where he withdrew after a scandalous liaison.
Sir George Reresby Sitwell lived near Florence in the Castello di Montegufoni, his wife, Lady Ida, was a first cousin of Lord Henry Somerset. They were leading members of the large English community in Florence and perhaps commissioned these candlesticks together from the Cantagalli factory.
The Cantagalli factory had personal and professional links with the Arts and Crafts potter William de Morgan.
|Height||31.80 cm||(12.52 inches)|
E & H Manners
66C Kensington Church Street