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Lot 8


by Walter and John Barnard, London 1885, modelled with allegorical figures of Music and Learning; together with a matching pair of dessert stands, engraved with the arms of Hill granted to Sidney Hill Esq. of Langford House, Churchill, Co. Somerset in 1882, the candelabrum 48cm high x 48cm wide, the dessert stands 27cm high x 24cm wide (c.280 tr. ozs combined) (3)

Provenance: Purchased from Christie’s 6th November 1996, lot 91
the collection of the late Mervyn Stewkesbury.

Condition Report: click here
Estimate: £6,000 - £8,000
Hammer price: £14,000
Bidding ended. Lot has been sold.

Walter & John Barnard
Walter and John Barnard were part of possibly the oldest manufacturing silversmith in the world, the origin of this business having been established by Anthony Nelme c.1680. Francis Nelme inherited the business on the death of his father in 1722 and continued until 1739 when Thomas Whipham took over the business. On his death in 1756, his son Thomas Whipham Jr. took into partnership Charles Wright. Thomas retired in 1775 and the business was continued by Charles Wright. The business was amalgamated by Henry Chawner in 1786 and the latter son of Edward Barnard (I) became the foreman of the firm. Chawner was master to the first Edward Barnard (I) so that the connection of the Barnard family can be traced from 1773. The firm was converted into a limited liability company in 1910 under the style Edward Barnard & Sons Ltd. In 1977, Edward Barnard & Sons Limited became a subsidiary of Padgett & Braham Ltd.

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Centre section - 

One string broken and missing to harp and paintbrush missing to right hand of seated artist. 

Small section with pipe player - 

Pierced sconce broken and held in place with string. 

Overall, lightly scratching and surface wear. 

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