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The Rienzi Collection

View one of the world's finest collections of Worcester porcelain and experience the glory of 18th-century Englad at Rienzi's collection and gardens

English, Active 1720 - 1757
Sterling Silver

Each: 12 5/8 x 8 x 7 3/4 inches (32.1 x 20.3 x 19.7 cm)

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Rienzi Collection, museum purchase with funds provided by Isla Reckling in honor of the wonderful volunteers and Rienzi staff members Joanie McMillin, Carrie Robinson-Cannon, Cindi Strauss, Lois Corcoran, Katherine Howe, James Hainsworth and Gary Hall

The Rienzi Collection

With their curvaceous torsos, asymmetrical compositions, well-sculpted curves and fine casting, these candlesticks, part of a larger set of eight, are excellent examples of the artistic heights reached by the silversmith in eighteenth-century England.

Until the 1730s, English candlesticks tended to mimic the simple column shapes of architectural forms. By the 1740s, however, silversmiths began to expand their interests with the fresh influence of the French Rococo. Candlesticks became more highly ornamented, theatrical and, in the spirit of some art of the period, more bacchanalian. Set within a great eighteenth-century English town or country house, candlesticks such as these helped create an ambience of wit and merriment.