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Pair of candlesticks with bobeches

Object Number: 
1943.163ab
Date: 
ca. 1790
Medium: 
Sheffield plate, wood
Dimensions: 
each overall: 11 5/8 x 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 in. ( 29.5 x 12.1 x 12.1 cm )
Marks: 
Engraving: plinths of candlesticks have relief ornamentation of upper border of central palmettes surrounded by scrolled acanthus leaves, with lower band of three waves with alternating shells or foliage.
Description: 
Pair of cast Sheffield plate candlesticks with bobeches; each in the form of a Ionic column with a reeded body and a scrolled acanthus leaf capital; circular sockets in the top center of each; seated on a square, stepped and domed base with molded shell and leaf motifs on the ogee sides of the dome and a molded wave band below; wooden bases fitted into the bottom of the candlesticks; chamfered square bobeches with arched sides, circular openings in the center and cast gadrooned rims; open cylinders applied to the bases, to fit into the candlesticks; no maker's marks.
Gallery Label: 
According to the donor, these candlesticks were given by George Washington to Julia Bayard (1806-1865) upon her marriage to the president's nephew, Lawrence Washington. This pedigree has proven to be implausible as Julia (Juliet Elizabeth) Bayard married William Augustine Washington, Jr. (ca. 1784-1830), in 1823, twenty-four years after George Washington's death. More likely, the candlesticks descended through the Bayard family. They may have been purchased by Julia's mother, Martha Pintard Bayard (1769-1837), during her residence in London with her husband, Samuel Bayard, between 1794 and 1798.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Isabel G. Dod
Provenance: 
Probably purchased by Martha Pintard (1769-1837), who married Samuel Bayard (1767-1840); probably to their daughter Caroline Smith Bayard (1804-1891), who married Dr. Albert Baldwin Dod (1805-1845); to their son Samuel Bayard Dod (1839-1907), who married (1st) Isabel Williamson Green (1840-1883); to their daughter Isabel Green Dod (1864-1944), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group