Candlestick (one of a pair)

DATE:
c. 1740–1760
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Non-lead glass
CLASSIFICATION:
Lighting Devices
DIMENSIONS:
Height: 10 1/8 in. (25.718 cm.) Diameter: 5 3/8 in. (13.65 cm.)
DEPARTMENT:
Decorative Arts and Design
LOCATION:
Wendy and Emery Reves Collection - Grand Salon, Level 3
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection
COPYRIGHT:
Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art
OBJECT NUMBER:
1985.R.207

General Description

This candlestick and its mate take full advantage of the brilliant, reflective quality of lead glass. The rings, the ribs on the domed foot, the faceted aspect of the stems, and the balls containing air bubbles were all designed to catch the light. When holding a burning candle in the dim interiors of the 18th century, this piece of glass must have glistened beautifully. If desired, cut decoration could also be applied to this model. Occasionally, such cut decoration was added to bases at a later date to disguise chips around the foot rim.

Adapted from

Dallas Museum of Art, Decorative Arts Highlights from the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1995), 88.