Girandole

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

Date

1852

GUSN

GUSN-20676

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

Descriptive Terms

girandoles (candleholders)
brass (alloy)
gilding
marble (rock)
Candleholder
Girandole
Girandole

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.

Inscription

Each marked in casting on back of chapel: W.F. SHAW/174 WASH(INGTON)/BOSTON/PATENT/ DEC 18 1849

Additional Identification Number

114

Maker

Shaw, W. F. (Maker)

Credit Line

Sarah Moore Field Collection

Accession Number

1998.5898.2

Places

Massachusetts (United States)
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)