Pedestal

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

ca. 1818

GUSN

GUSN-17370

Description

Pair of Pedestals. Rosewood, gilt, brass. Circular platforms top pedestal bases. Upper section of pedestal composed of rosewood columns with gilt acanthus leaf capitals and that surmount rosewood bases supported by lower gilt acanthus leaf bases. \n Lower section of pedestal composed of trapezoidal rosewood base with inset panels bordered by brass stringing. This portion sits atop gilded acanthus leaf mounts. Pedestals rest on roswood plinths with canted corners.

Details

Descriptive Terms

pedestals
rosewood (wood)
veneer
sycamore (wood)
maple (wood)
brass (alloy)
gilding
Rosewood
Sycamore
Pedestal

Label

Used in Cherished Possessions 2003-2005: These rosewood and gilt pedestals, made for Nathan and Maria Appleton's new home on Beacon Hill in Boston, Massachusetts, were called “candelabri” and were designed to hold lamps or candles. The elaborate materials used on the pedestals -imported rosewood, ornamental brass mounts, and extensively gilded carvings-were clear signifiers that their owners could afford the best.

Maker

Attributed to Vose, Isaac, Sr., 1767-1823 (Cabinetmaker)
Attributed to Wightman, Thomas (Carver)

Object Type

Furniture

Dimensions

47 x 14 1/2 x 14 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Sumner Appleton Weld

Accession Number

1964.393A

Places

Massachusetts (United States)