Each with a shaped oval backplate, centering a cartouche within a gadrooned molding against an imbricated ground, the border finely chased with scrolling strapwork and flanked by eagle heads suspending flowers and grapes, surmounted by a flaming urn flanked by winged putti themselves suspending floral garlands, the lower edge issuing two scrolled branches with gadroon-bordered circular drip pans, marked on back plates
1112 in. (29.2 cm.) high
98 oz. 16 dwt. (3,070 gr.)
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 7 June 2007, lot 161.
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These wall lights are copies of an original version made by John Fawdrey in London in 1702. The Fawdrey pair were copied in 1703 by John Rand; a cast of the Rand pair is now housed in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. These were originally thought to have been Rand's originals, but a spectrographic analysis in 1989 showed that their content was consistent with an early nineteenth century cast, rather than early eighteenth century silver.
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