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Candlestick, One of Pair

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. 1897
DIMENSIONS 10 1/2 x 5 x 5 in. (26.7 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm)  (show scale)
MARKINGS On top of base near one corner: [lion, anchor, Gothic G] / STERLING [indistinct date letter, circular] / 110
CREDIT LINE H. Randolph Lever Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Cast, tri-corner base with beaded edge is encrusted with flowers and rocaille scrollwork. From center of base rises spiraled stem of sprouting acanthus foliage at top of which is capital of scrollwork forming drip pan. Above drip pan is cylindrical beaded socket. CONDITION: Normal wear; fine.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Gorham Manufacturing Company (1865–1961). Candlestick, One of Pair, ca. 1897. Silver, 10 1/2 x 5 x 5 in. (26.7 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, H. Randolph Lever Fund, 86.181.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 86.181.1_86.181.2_PS2.jpg)
IMAGE 86.181.1_86.181.2_PS2.jpg.
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