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American Decorative Arts
Designer: Earl Pardon, American, 1926–1991
Maker: Towle Manufacturing Company, American, founded 1882

Candlesticks

ca. 1955

Sterling silver, walnut, and gabon ebony

4 7/8 × 1 7/8 in. (12.383 × 4.763 cm) 3 1/8 × 1 7/8 in. (7.938 × 4.763 cm)
Charles C. Withers Collection
1998.41.2.1-.2
Geography: 
Made in Newburyport, Massachusetts
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
American
Period: 
20th century
Classification: 
Lighting Devices
Provenance: 

All these objects were owned and used in the personal household of Charles and Margret Craver Withers. According to Margret, the Pardon objects were prototypes that never went into production. With their strated decoration and turquoise blue enamel they may have benn intended to be part of the "Contempora" line that Towle brought outin 1957. The interior of Pardon's house is Saratoga Springs, New York, had built-in cabinetry some of whose drwaers have fronts of similar strainted, contrasting woods.

Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions, 1998,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (1999): 187–88, 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.