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Candlestick, Model 74-8050-12 ½ IN

Decorative Arts and Design

These three candlesticks, all made about the same time, demonstrate the coexistence of different styles in order to satisfy various tastes of the American consumer. The earliest one, with its elaborate curves, counter-curves, and naturalistic decoration, is a rare example of American design strongly influenced by the French Art Nouveau style (also seen in the hairbrush nearby); it would have been purchased by an adventurous consumer aware of international trends. The candlestick in the middle is in the Neoclassical style, representing the prevalent conservative taste of the time. Both of these objects now seem stylistically old-fashioned when compared to the brass one, with its strong, hard-edged geometry and lack of naturalistic decoration. While this object might appeal to many today, it was purchased by only the most forward-looking consumer at the time and was the least successful commercially.
DATES ca. 1910
DIMENSIONS 12 5/8 x 5 1/2 in., 1.5 lb. (32.1 x 14 cm, 0.7kg)  (show scale)
MARKINGS Underside of base, center: "GORHAM CO./ STERLING / 74-8050-12 ½ IN". Underside of bobeche : "STERLING".
CREDIT LINE Gift of Elinor and William Appleby
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Candlestick raised on scalloped, stepped, circular base with symmetrical applied and chased decoration of four oval cartouches with stylized leaf at center surrounded by canted reserves with cross hatching and scrollwork with flowers above and below. Cylindrical shaft, tapered towards bottom, with panels rising to shoulders with four oval cartouches echoing design on base with stylized leaves, center, surrounded by scrolling leaves, sloping inward to pinched neck rising to large detachable bobeche with chased panels; wide scalloped rim repeating design at base and shoulders with chased oval cartouches with scrollwork alternating with symmetrical canted rectangular reserves with cross-hatching. Condition: Very good.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Gorham Manufacturing Company (1865–1961). Candlestick, Model 74-8050-12 ½ IN, ca. 1910. Silver, 12 5/8 x 5 1/2 in., 1.5 lb. (32.1 x 14 cm, 0.7kg). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Elinor and William Appleby, 2006.52.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2006.52.2_PS6.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 2006.52.2_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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Gorham Manufacturing Company (1865–1961). <em>Candlestick, Model 74-8050-12 ½ IN</em>, ca. 1910. Silver, 12 5/8 x 5 1/2 in., 1.5 lb. (32.1 x 14 cm, 0.7kg). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Elinor and William Appleby, 2006.52.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2006.52.2_PS6.jpg)