This candlestick is one of a pair by British silversmith George Wickes. Wickes was born in Suffolk and apprenticed to silversmith Samuel Wastell at an early age. In 1720, Wickes registered two marks before entering into partnership with John Craig in 1730. Around 1735, he was working independently in Panton Street, London, at the sign of ‘The King’s Arms and Feather’, when he was appointed Goldsmith, Jeweler and Silversmith to Frederick, Prince of Wales, a relationship that became problematic when Frederick was banished from the Court by his father, leaving many bills unpaid. Wickes went into partnership with Edward Wakelin in 1747 and the firm survived under various names and forms until 1952. The work of George Wickes is richly Rococo in style as is evident in this candlestick.