Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014
The weeping women candelabra
Pair of five-light candelabra of patinated and gilt bronze with black marble in form of three partly draped female figures standing back to back, hands covering faces, on circular marble base with gilt-bronze bucrania and garlands of fruit. Gilt bronze stem with leaf-cups on candle-arms.
The Vulliamy family specialised in making and repairing clocks. From the 1790s, they produced bronze and gilt bronze objects of the highest quality. Often their role would be one of assembling parts made by different craftsmen, some of whom were directly employed by the family firm. Twenty-one craftsmen were involved in the production of these candelabra alone, which were placed in Carlton House, the Prince Regent’s London residence.