Condition: Very good, conical finial fabricated of period sheet iron by Dave Claggett
Additional Information: In December of 1952 antiques dealer Irving Lyon offered
Henry Francis du Pont a pair of candelabrums “as fine as I have ever seen” which du
Pont added to the Winterthur collection. This example clearly from the same shop is
outstanding in its design and rarity. The base is filled with sand for stability. Two straps
facilitate the large reflector featuring 36 domed reflectors within the dished plate with
crimped edges. The crossarm facilitating a pair of candle sockets within drip pans
having crimped edges can travel up-and-down on the standard and is held in position by
inserting the last straight link of chain into one of ten piercings.
The pattern is related to and inspired by convex circular looking glasses dating to the
early nineteenth century. The facets of these reflectors when new…in bright tinning
each provided produced a dazzling display of light. The candelabrum within the
Winterthur collection was originally owned by a Long Island family.
Reference:Iron at Winterthur by Donald Fennimore, number 138, pp. 284, 286, 287. An identical example is published within, A Guide to Collections – Shelburne Museum,
Additional Information: An inspired ceiling hung device; three graduated tiers…a
geometric dome ingeniously devised. The grid of cantilevered horizontal rods joining
axis and outer rings supporting 21-nozzles within drip pans.
Additional Information: Crimped round/arched top, rectangular embossed back having
wire reinforced rolled edges over demilune drip pan facilitating a single tabbed candle
socket with ejection aperture; wire reinforced folded rim. Original apple and forest green
paint in great dry patina.
The candle sockets withing crimped drip pans on tubular arms continuing to conical
standard having hanging ring with rolled edges. Sockets with crimped edges have
ejection slits. Overall consistent light pitting: one arm was re-soldered at standard.
(Height: 13.25"; diameter: 20")
Round reflector featuring crimped segments centering repousse dome reflector; candle
socket with crimped rim set within dished drip pan…attached to reflector via tubular
arm. (Excellent condition, retains hanging ring; Height: 10"; width: 9.25"; depth: 5.5")
Displaying very good patina, file-work stem and arm simulating lathe work; spring action
rectangular jaws, D-shape fulcrum hinge above file worked stem raised on graceful tripod legs ending in
flaring flattened pointed feet. For a nearly identical example please see The Rushlight and Related
Holders – A Regional View by Robert Ashley, page 312. (The stem wrought in two pieces joined just
above spring rivet; Height: 11.25")
A single [rectangular] tin candle sconce, tall pierced punch-decorated [argyle] panel having crimped (folded) edges, crimped crests, and demilune dished pan with single candleholder. (Height:13” ; width: 3.75"; depth: 2 5/8")
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