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Girandole

1998.5898.1 (RS32627)

Description

3-piece gilt girandole with facade of Bigelow Chapel, Mount Auburn Cemetary; 2 single lights, 1 3-branch candelabrum on gray marble bases; all have stem with branching flowers and coronet of flowers just below socket; from each coronet hang 10 3-part crystals, engraved with gothic swag motif.

Details

Label
"Cherished Possessions": These candlesticks were designed to dazzle. When placed in front of a mirror on a mantel, as they often were, they reflected light from the mirror, and their glass prisms sent sparkles dancing across the room. The gilded base depicts the chapel at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the first pastoral cemetery in America, which was widely imitated in communities across the country. Both the maker of this set and its first owner had family members who were buried at Mount Auburn. <br/>
Maker
Shaw, W. F. (Maker)
Date
1852
Inscriptions
Each marked in casting on back of chapel: W.F. SHAW/174 WASH(INGTON)/BOSTON/PATENT/ DEC 18 1849
Material
brass (alloy)
gilding
marble (rock)
Object type
Lighting Equipment; Lighting Holders
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
brass (alloy)
Candleholder
gilding
Girandole
girandoles (candleholders)
marble (rock)
Accession Number
1998.5898.1
Credit Line
Sarah Moore Field Collection
GUSN
20675

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