American Decorative Arts
Maker: Obadiah Rich, American, 1809–1888
Designer Possible designer: Horatio Greenough, American, 1805–1852

Inkstand with candlestick

ca. 1830


3 5/8 × 4 1/4 in. (9.2 × 10.8 cm)
other (Candlestick): 3 1/8 in. (7.9 cm)
other (Base of candlestick): 2 5/16 in. (5.9 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Made in Boston, Massachusetts
On view*
19th century
Lighting Devices

Francis P. Garvan, New York, to 1934; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


Kathryn C. Buhler and Graham Hood, American Silver in the Yale University Art Gallery, 2 vols. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1970), vol. 1, pp. 226–27, no. 326, ill.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 110, ill.

John Marshall Phillips, “Silver in the World of Washington Irving,” American Collector (October 1947): 23, fig. 347.

Classical America, 1815–1845: An Exhibition at the Newark Museum, exh. cat. (Newark, N.J.: Newark Museum, 1963), 99, 104, no. 116, ill.

Graham Hood, American Silver: A History of Style, 1650–1900 (New York: Praeger, 1971), 197–99, fig. 220.

Martha Gandy Fales, Early American Silver for the Cautious Collector (New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1970), 107, fig. 106.

Katharine Morrison McClinton, Collecting American 19th Century Silver (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1968), 222, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.