Candlestick

DATE:
c. 1700-1725
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Non-lead glass
CLASSIFICATION:
Lighting Devices
DIMENSIONS:
12 3/8 × 9 × 9 in. (31.43 × 22.86 × 22.86 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Decorative Arts and Design
LOCATION:
Wendy and Emery Reves Collection - Dining Room, Level 3
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection
OBJECT NUMBER:
1985.R.195

General Description

The wide base and bulbous midsection of these candlesticks are characteristic of late 17th- and early 18th- century examples. However, few other identical pieces are known. At present, only three have been located, including this pair in the Reves Collection, that feature the combination of ribbed foot, central petal decoration, and fluted candle socket.

Normandy, France was one of the most important glass-producing areas of the country. In 1605, a monopoly on glassmaking in Normandy and on importation of glass into the region was given to Francois Garsonnet, who established a glasshouse in Rouen. Although he was of French birth, Garsonnet, like many of his rivals throughout France, relied on Italian workmen to produce glass. Craftsmen trained in Venice and Altare were vital to the success of the French industry well into the 18th century. By 1665, the monopoly on glass in Normandy ceased, and the Rouen concern faced competition from outside. Nevertheless, it continued to operate until the early 19th century.

Adapted from

Dallas Museum of Art, Decorative Arts Highlights from the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1995), 77.