Robert Garrard II
( 1793 - 1881 )
A Victorian Pair of Candelabra
The candelabra in the French Regénce taste. The square bases with cut corners decorated with cast and applied with masks, shell, and foliate décor. With ovolo band at the edge of the well. The stems with busts of Roman Emperors, the capitals with a plain band in stark contrast. The detachable five-light branches with scrolling arms with laurel at one end and masks and shells at the other.
Robert Garrard II was apprenticed in 1809 to his father, Robert Garrard I, a partner of Wakelin and Company, and gained his freedom of the Grocers' Company by patrimony in 1816. After the death of his father in 1818, Garrard entered his mark and, with his brothers James and Sebastian, took over the management of the workshop. During the early nineteenth century, the firm's business expanded at a tremendous rate, especially after the decline of Rundell, Bridge and Rundell in the 1820s. In 1830, the Garrard’s were appointed goldsmiths and jewellers to the king and in 1843 official crown jewellers. A large design studio was set up by them, which was modelled on that developed by Rundell, Bridge and Rundell and employed several well-known painters and sculptors, including Edmund Cotterill. During the mid-nineteenth century, Garrard's was one of the leading producers of elaborate presentation silver.
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