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Edward Farrell A Magnificent Royal Pair of Figural Candlesticks made for the Duke of York

London, 1823                                                                                                                
Maker’s mark of Edward Farrell
The architect and retailer Kensington Lewis
Height: 29.4 cm, 11.6 in
Weight: 3,420 g, 109 oz 18 dwt

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Farrell's apprenticeship or freedom are unrecorded, and his early life is relatively unknown. Holden's Triennial Directory of 1805-7 described him as a silversmith, but his first mark was not registered until 1813. The most productive period of Farrell's career coincided with his association with the entrepreneur, silversmith, and jeweller Kensington Lewis, whose most important patron was Frederick, Duke of York. Lewis was supplied with extravagant sculptural plate in a variety of revival styles by Farrell, drawing principally on seventeenth-century Flemish, German and Italian designs in high relief. Lewis' business was unable to recover from the death of the Duke of York in 1827, and Farrell no longer had the opportunity to make the plate on such a grand scale. Thereafter, he was best known for highly embossed tea services chased with decoration derived from seventeenth-century Dutch genre painting.


These superb examples were ordered through the architect Kensington Lewis as part of the Marine Service ordered by the Duke of York throughout the early 19th century. Other pieces of the service included The Duke of York candelabrum centrepiece. They first came to the market through the Duke of York sale in 1827.

A Magnificent Royal Pair of Figural Candlesticks made for the Duke of York Reference: 23115.1