Australian Historical Art Fund & Heritage Government Residences

Pair of Candelabra, Set of Four Candlesticks and Pair of Wine Coolers, c.1810

Matthew Boulton (1728-1809)
Old Sheffield Plate
Diameter: 18cm Height: 62cm
Old Sheffield Plate
Diameter: 18cm Height: 30.5cm
Old Sheffield Plate
Diameter: 14cm Height: 23.5cm

This pair of wine coolers, pair of candelabra and set of four candlesticks by noted silversmith, Matthew Boulton, are engraved with the crest of Sir Richard Bourke - the crest being a cheetah on a leash. Boulton expanded the use of Sheffield plate for a greater range of domestic articles, improving the quality by using solid ribbons of silver on the edges to avoid the copper underneath wearing through.


These items are believed to have been among the "quantity of plate" which Governor Bourke brought to Australia for his term of office 1831-7. These wine coolers with leaf moulded handles, foliate and scalloped rims are in the form of Greek vases or calyx craters typical of the fashion in the Regency period. The candelabra have intertwining branches with leaf and bead moulding and the candlesticks consist of tapering columns and large circular bases.

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