Pair of candlesticks with bobeches
Sheffield plate, wood
each overall: 11 5/8 x 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 in. ( 29.5 x 12.1 x 12.1 cm )
Engraving: plinths of candlesticks have relief ornamentation of upper border of central palmettes surrounded by scrolled acanthus leaves, with lower band of three waves with alternating shells or foliage.
Pair of cast Sheffield plate candlesticks with bobeches; each in the form of a Ionic column with a reeded body and a scrolled acanthus leaf capital; circular sockets in the top center of each; seated on a square, stepped and domed base with molded shell and leaf motifs on the ogee sides of the dome and a molded wave band below; wooden bases fitted into the bottom of the candlesticks; chamfered square bobeches with arched sides, circular openings in the center and cast gadrooned rims; open cylinders applied to the bases, to fit into the candlesticks; no maker's marks.
According to the donor, these candlesticks were given by George Washington to Julia Bayard (1806-1865) upon her marriage to the president's nephew, Lawrence Washington. This pedigree has proven to be implausible as Julia (Juliet Elizabeth) Bayard married William Augustine Washington, Jr. (ca. 1784-1830), in 1823, twenty-four years after George Washington's death. More likely, the candlesticks descended through the Bayard family. They may have been purchased by Julia's mother, Martha Pintard Bayard (1769-1837), during her residence in London with her husband, Samuel Bayard, between 1794 and 1798.
Gift of Isabel G. Dod
Probably purchased by Martha Pintard (1769-1837), who married Samuel Bayard (1767-1840); probably to their daughter Caroline Smith Bayard (1804-1891), who married Dr. Albert Baldwin Dod (1805-1845); to their son Samuel Bayard Dod (1839-1907), who married (1st) Isabel Williamson Green (1840-1883); to their daughter Isabel Green Dod (1864-1944), the donor.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.