George Capel-Coningsby 25th Earl of Essex (1757-1839), whose cypher appears on this piece.
A large and important single Regency cast sterling silver four-light candelabrum by Paul Storr (1771-1844), with domed base cast and chased with demi-lions above shell feet surrounded by trailing flowers and trailing foliage on a scalework groundwith conforming rococo stem, detachable reeded and foliate branches with flowers, petal-form drip-pans, removable gadrooned nozzles, engraved with cypher and coronet
London, dated 1828
Height 71 cm, width 46 cm.
George Capel-Coningsby was a friend of the Prince of Wales and though he married twice, he died without issue. He married his first wife Sarah, widow of Edward Stephenson in 1786. He remarried in 1838, at the age of eighty. His new wife, Catherine (d.1882) daughter of Edward Stephens was well known as a singer using the stage name of Kitty Stephens. Kitty made her debut at Covent Garden in 1813. She was best known for her unrivaled voice as a ballad singer but also excelled in low comedy.
Paul Storr, master exponent of Neo-classical silver also created some stunning rococo revival pieces during the early years of the nineteenth century. Other candelabra in the same style by him include those for Woburn Abbey (1807) and for Knole (1813-14). An example from the latter collection is illustrated in N. M. Penzer, “Paul Storr, The Last of the Goldsmiths”, 1954, p.165, pl. XLIII.