Disclaimer
Please note that the content on the website may be used for press purposes when covering the TEFAF art fair. The usage rights are at publication's discretion. It cannot be guaranteed that the objects currently shown on the website will pass TEFAF vetting which takes place shortly prior to the opening of the Fair.
Agree and download
A033i0000081z8saaa
INTRODUCING TEFAF ONLINE: AN INAUGURAL FAIR EXPERIENCE FEATURING ONE SINGLE MASTERWORK PER GALLERY. READ OUR LATEST PRESS RELEASE HERE.
Benjamin Hentschel Silesian Three light Candelabrum, 1758-1760
Exhibited By
Details
Silver
Height 34.5 cm (13.6 in) and weight 1.306 gr.
Submitted
Place of Creation
Wroclaw
Provenance
Silesian collection; possibly Imperial silver collection of Frederick II
Signature
Marks of the city of Wroclaw and of the maker, date letter and mark of war tax
Additional Information

“This three-light candelabrum is a representative example of Frederician Rococo from Silesia. The candelabrum takes its very elegant and developing braided form through elaborate embossing. It is raised on a broad, slightly vaulted foot decorated with twisted lines and which takes a curved form through nicely embossed rocaille. The shaft raises up, adorned with elegant twisted lines and rocaille. The spout is adorned with cast, detailed, naturalistic elements, while the three, detachable lights are being developed from it. The three lights are decorated with volutes and the dropping pans and spouts are chased with wonderful rococo ornaments. The spout has moreover an opening in the form of a flower.

The candelabrum was made circa 1758-1760, during the Seven Years’ War (1756-1763). Hence, one could conclude that the ordering client was wealthy, having ordered during the on-going war such a costly, silver object. The order could have been given at the end of 1757, namely after the Prussian reconquest of Wroclaw from the Austrians. Therein, a court order cannot be ruled out, since Frederick II had begun the expansion and setting up of the royal city palace in Wroclaw around 1750. There is actually not much information on an imperial silver collection there, however it can be assumed that there was one in this palace.

Maker: Benjamin Hentschel was active as a maker in Breslau since 1732. He became a citizen in this same year. He died in Breslau in 1774. Hentschel has made many candlesticks and candelabra in rococo style; Hintze mentions them being in public and ecclesiastical possession.”