American Decorative Arts
Photo credit: Christopher Gardner
Designer: Frank Gehry, American, born Canada 1929
Retailer: Swid Powell, American, 1982–2001

Three prototype candle holders

ca. 1990


Of component .1: 4 x 4 1/8 x 1 1/2 in. (10.16 x 10.478 x 3.81 cm) Of component .2: 5 1/2 x 8 x 3 1/2 in. (13.97 x 20.32 x 8.89 cm) Of component .3: 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 3 1/4 in. (13.97 x 8.89 x 8.255 cm)
Swid Powell Collection, Gift of Nan Swid
These are prototypes for three candlesticks that Frank Gehry designed but that did not go into production. They are miniature versions Gehry’s architecture. The stacked forms—based on rectangles and wedges—as well as the copper surface recall the Winton Guest House that Gehry constructed in 1987 near Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota.
20th century
Lighting Devices
Designed in Los Angeles, California
Not on view

Swid Powell, New York, by 2001; Nan G. Swid, New York, 2001–2011; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2011

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