Made in Dublin circa 1755, the four caryatid candlesticks by James Warren are rare and unique examples of some of the finest silver produced in Ireland. Each piece exhibits strong rococo features with the added attraction of joker faces poking out of the base of the stems. They are heavy and solid in the hand, and are a most unusual style and form. The rococo style invaded the fashions of Ireland in the 1740s and 50s and was expressed in silver by the highly talented chasers and engravers of the period. As seen in these elaborate candlesticks, the makers manipulated the rococo style in a very Irish way, with gusto and quirkiness. Few Irish figural candlesticks have survived, but those that have demonstrate exceptional quality of chasing and most unusual features.
Made in Cutch, India, circa 1880, the splendid six-piece tea set is a particularly fine example of colonial Indian silversmithing. Each piece is perfectly formed and finely chased with the Islamic-influenced scrolling tendril and flower pattern against a finely tooled background that is typical of Cutch work. The set comprises a teapot, a sugar bowl, a creamer, a cup and saucer, and a large scalloped tray, all in high-grade, solid silver. Each piece has a pleasing weight in the hand. Overall, it is a striking and highly decorative ensemble by one of the leading late nineteenth century Cutch silversmithing firms. The condition is perfect.
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