William Cripps*, London 1769



The sconces with two bands of gadrooning,

above an inverted baluster stem with acanthus-leaf shoulders and upright palmettes to the bottom,

above a gadrooned knop and hexagonal stepped base with further acanthus leaves between two bands of gadrooning;

the removable hexagonal bobeche also with a gadrooned rim;

marked verso on base, sconce and bobeche
each crested at the base and on bobeche :

An eagle displayed with two heads sable

for the family of Hanrott*, of the City of London



* William Cripps, working from 1738-1767, apprenticed to the well known
Huguenot silversmith David Willaume.


"As one might expect from his training under David Willaume,
Cripps became an accomplished craftsman and a versatile exponent of the rococo style;
to judge from his surviving pieces, he enjoyed a considerable clientele".
pp. 479-80, London Goldsmiths, 1697-1837, Grimwade


Condition : Excellent; marks and casting all still very crisp; sit flat on the table;


11.5" High / 51.3 oz.






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Base Left


  Base Right







Marks : Left, Lion Passant Only / Right, Makers Mark WC and Lion Passant




Left : Showing corresponding notches to the sticks (2, and 4) / Right : Marks on Bobeches, lion passant and maker's mark WC




* The crest as engraved upon this Pair of George III English Sterling Silver Cast Candlesticks

by William Cripps hallmarked London 1769

is that of the family of Hanrott.

It may be blazoned as follows:


Crest: An eagle displayed with two heads sable


Upon the balance of probability and without any evidence to the contrary

these candlesticks were in the possession of the family of Hanrott, of the City of London.

They were of Huguenot extraction coming to England from Sedan in France,

the surname itself can be corrupted as Henrott and Hanrot.

The first member to settle in England was Jonas Hanrot who married Marie Anne Bocquet in 1688.

Given the date of these candlesticks there is a possibility that they were later owned by one of their great grandsons.

The leading candidates might well be Francis Gashry Hanrott and Philip Augustus Hanrott

(born 1776 died 1856), the sons of Francis Hanrott.

It would appear the Francis became an Assistant Surgeon to the 1st Regiment of Foot Guards1 and Philip,

a Solicitor was a noted collector of books and resided at Southampton row, Russell Square at the time of his death.

The bulk of this library was sold during his lifetime in 1833 and 1834,

whilst remaining volumes were disposed of after his death in January 1857 by 1857 by S. Leigh Sotheby & John Wilkinson.

As with many such families there is a dearth of genealogical information upon which to draw.

So, saying, there are a number of family papers lodged at The National Archives of the United Kingdom

at Kew in South London which may one day yield further information upon the Hanrott family.


1) More commonly known today as The Grenadier Guards.


Heraldry by John Tunesi of Liongam

MSc, FSA Scot, Hon FHS, QG








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Pair of George III Cast Silver Rococo Candlesticks, William Cripps, London c1769 


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