Matthew Boulton [English, 1728 – 1809], “Set of Six Silver Plated Candlesticks”

Matthew Boulton [English, 1728 – 1809]
Set of Six Silver Plated Candlesticks
11.5 inches high (29.2 cm)

Matthew Boulton was one of England’s greatest sliversmiths and in 1762, the then 24-year-old set up a factory in Birmingham, England.  There he began making silver-plated objects with the Sheffield process.  Boulton became the first really large producer of Sheffield plate and, when silversmiths raised legal objections to stamping hallmarks on the stuff, Boulton led a movement to require separate standards for Sheffield silver.

This large set of six beautiful silver-plated candlesticks bears the hallmark of Matthew Boulton  at the base of each.  The classical acanthus leaf decoration is equally at home in Victorian or Modern interiors.