Object StatementCandelabrum, four-branched, sterling silver, presented to Sir Charles Cowper by the Sydney Railway Company, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1855, designed and made by Robert Garrard II, London, England, 1855
Physical DescriptionA mostly cast sterling silver candelabrum in the form of a putto (figure of a cupid-like child) whose right knee is kneeling on a tripod baroque base. The putto holds aloft the shaft and four branches of the candelabrum. The spreading waisted base stands on three scroll feet decorated with shell motifs. Edged by massive scrolls applied with acanthus leaves, the three panels of the base are decorated with anthemion (palmette) motifs at the centre just above the feet. A draped cloth covers the left thigh of the putto. The short foliated branches, each terminating in a foliate candle socket, in the form of a leaf cluster, are set above flat foliate drip-pans. The candelabrum is fully marked on the base and on each branch. The front panel of the base is hand-engraved with an inscription of who the candelabrum was presented to and by whom.
MarksInscribed on base, 'PRESENTED / TO / Charles Cowper Esq. M.L.C. / BY THE SHAREHOLDERS / OF THE SYDNEY RAILWAY COMPANY, / as a Testimonial / in acknowledgement of his / VALUABLE SERVICES TO THE COMPANY, / PARTICULARLY AT ITS COMMENCEMENT, / WHEN SO MANY COLONISTS / DEEMED THE UNDERTAKING IMPRACTICABLE / 1855.' .
Marks on back of base and under each branch, 'RG (crown above letters)' , '(lion)', '(cat)', 'U (in gothic font)', '(profile of woman)'.
Mark on trunk of branches '1'.