American Decorative Arts

Candlestand

1700–1750

Brass, wrought iron

width at base: 17in. (43.18 cm) height: 70in. (177.8 cm) width of arms: 15 3/4in. (40.005 cm)
Gift of the Kaufman Americana Foundation
2005.43.1
Tall iron candlestands were used to light American homes in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The adjustable arm on this piece moves up and down, allowing the user to direct the light. References to candlestands in inventories of household goods indicate that they were expensive items more commonly found in urban rather than rural areas. The flat metal toes, straight crossarm, and rectangular cage for the spring mechanism on this example are features found on iron candlestands made in New England.
Culture: 
American
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Lighting Devices
Geography: 
Made in New England
Status: 
Not on view
Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions 2004,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2005): 202–3, ill.

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