Pair of Dutch silver candlesticks

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Pair of Dutch silver candlesticks


Dirk Blom

Amsterdam, 1771

1120 grams;  26,5 cm high


The asymmetrical candlesticks are raised on high-domed spirally fluted bases, rising to baluster knobbed stems and sconces with detachable leaf-shaped nozzles. Fully marked. Also struck with the 1795 control mark of Amsterdam.


The silversmith

Dirk Blom, son of Dirk and Johanna van Ouweren, was born in 1734. In 1754 he married Marie Wijngaart and joined the Amsterdam silversmiths’ guild. Dirk was a service worker. He is known to have made candlesticks, breadbaskets, trays, tea services etc.   


A pair of candelabra from 1764 and a breadbasket from 1767, made by Dirk Blom, were exhibited at the exhibition Rococo in the Rijksmuseum in 2001/2002. Blom’s work can be characterized by his use of chased floral decoration and the use of realistically tooled single flowers.


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