This extremely important set of candelabra and candlesticks by legendary English silversmith Paul Storr is perhaps the finest he ever created. Crafted for the firm Rundell, Bridge and Rundell, they reflect the remarkable sculptural quality of Storr's greatest works; it was a style that was informed by the age, demonstrating the pride and prosperity of Britain following the Napoleonic wars. The sculptural qualities of silver were exploited by Storr and the famed retail firm, who not only created works for the table but also sumptuous displays for the buffet. This four-piece set represents the very highest quality and artistry of Storr's output from the period.
Designed with an exceptionally rich trelliswork motif, they display the artful balance of classical and French Huguenot Baroque influences that was Storr's signature. Without question, this spectacular set is among the most coveted works crafted by this gifted silversmith. A very similar set was formerly in the collection of the Dukes of Bedford at Woburn Abbey.
Paul Storr is undoubtedly considered among history's finest smiths, and he is known for perfecting the works, styles and designs of the Regency period. Though he held no formal title, Storr enjoyed patronage from the most important and powerful figures of the period, including King George III and the Prince of Wales, the future King George IV. Many of Storr's successes were partly due to the influence of Philip Rundell, of the popular silver retailing firm of Rundell, Bridge and Rundell. Rundell's firm nearly monopolized the early 19th-century market for superior silver, having obtained the Royal Warrant in 1806. Rundell recognized the unique talents of Paul Storr and began pursuing him in 1803, but it wasn't until after declining many offers that Storr finally joined the firm in 1806. Due to his remarkable talents, Storr was allowed to retain his own mark while working for Rundell, a remarkable show of esteem from the retailers.
Storr imparted a level of craftsmanship and superior quality that has seldom been seen since. Today, his creations are highly regarded and collected by museums and silver connoisseurs around the world.
Hallmarked London, 1808 and marked Paul Storr for Rundell, Bridge and Rundell
Candelabra: 17 3/8" wide x 6 7/8" deep x 27 3/4" high
Candlesticks: 6 7/8" diameter x 16 1/8" high
Silver from a Gilded Age: George III to Queen Victoria, by Koopman Rare Art, 2005, pp. 34-35