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Candelabrum, Part of a Five Piece Clock Garniture

Decorative Arts

On View: Special Exhibition Gallery, 4th Floor
Composed of newly made machine parts, this clock garniture (a set of decorative objects for display) is an overt celebration of the machine and industrialization. Just a generation earlier, political reformers and writers such as Charles Dickens were preoccupied with the negative aspects of the Industrial Revolution, including the blight of polluted, overcrowded cities. By 1885, as the Eiffel Tower rose in Paris, a tamer, less menacing vision of the factory and machine had emerged; industrial design could now function as the emblem of a capital city or—as here—as a collectible for an entrepreneur. If one turns the base of the large candelabra, the cogs engage and the candle holders move up and down.
MANUFACTURER Andre Romain Guilmet
MEDIUM Nickel-plated metal
  • Place Manufactured: Paris, France
  • DATES ca. 1880
    DIMENSIONS 17 1/2 x 9 x 9 in. (44.5 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm)  (show scale)
    MARKINGS unmarked
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Special Exhibition Gallery, 4th Floor
    EXHIBITIONS
    ACCESSION NUMBER 2009.49.3
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Marcus S. Friedlander, by exchange
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Andre Romain Guilmet. Candelabrum, Part of a Five Piece Clock Garniture, ca. 1880. Nickel-plated metal, 17 1/2 x 9 x 9 in. (44.5 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Marcus S. Friedlander, by exchange, 2009.49.3. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2009.49.1-.5_PS6.jpg)
    IMAGE group, 2009.49.1-.5_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2011
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Central column with a single candle holder at top with three short downward flaring rods terminating in small sphere; at midpoint of central column are attached three arms composed of a vertical cog wheel each supports a vertical single candle holder; lower section of column comprises a small globe with port hole style appendages, beneath globe on the flat, circular base are individual, attached, industrial tools such as a compass, protractor and cog wheel, the whole on three protruding raised feet. When inner wheel on base is turned, the cogs on the three arms rotate and the candleholders can raised or lowered, and the single candle holder at the summit rotates as well.
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    Andre Romain Guilmet. <em>Candelabrum, Part of a Five Piece Clock Garniture</em>, ca. 1880. Nickel-plated metal, 17 1/2 x 9 x 9 in. (44.5 x 22.9 x 22.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Marcus S. Friedlander, by exchange, 2009.49.3. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2009.49.1-.5_PS6.jpg)