A Set of Four George III candlesticks
A Set of Four George III candlesticks

A Set of Four George III candlesticks

1815 United Kingdom

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A set of four George III candlesticks, London 1815, makers mark of Paul Storr.
The fluted knopped stems with scroll, shell and mask decoration, with detachable drip-pans, the shaped-circular bases with further masks together with floral and foliate ornament, engraved with arms and crests.
The arms are those of Taylor quartering Watson with Taylor quartering another, possibly Houghton, in pretence, for George Watson Taylor (b.c.1770-1841) of Erlestoke Park, Wiltshire and his wife Anna Susanna (d.1853), daughter and eventual heiress of Sir John Taylor 1st Bt. (d.1788) F.R.S., of Lyssons, Jamaica, whom he married in 1810.
The right to assumed the additional name and arms of Taylor was granted by royal license in 1815 upon inheriting the Taylor estates following the death of her brother Sir Simon Bissett Taylor Bt. George Watson Taylor, already well off financially through his family's sugar plantations in Jamaica, found himself in control of a vast fortune. He embarked on a successful political career and between 1816 and 1832 was Member of Parliament for Newport, Isle of Wight, Seaford, East Looe and finally Devizes. He was considered one of the greatest collectors and connoisseurs of the 19th Century and he spent lavishly on art. Despite his enormous wealth he squandered his income, estimated in 1815 to be £95,000 a year. This decline in fortunes forced him to part with his collections, until finally the contents of his lavish home, Erlestoke Park in Wiltshire, were dispersed in an auction sale containing 3,572 lots (9th July-1st August 1832).
This set of candlesticks is illustrated in Hartop,'Art in Industry, The Silver Of Paul Storr', Cambridge 2015, page 83.
Height 25.00 cm (9.84 inches)
Weight 3605.00g (115.92oz t)
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