Candelabrum with Ormolu Mounts

Object Name: 
Candelabrum with Ormolu Mounts

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Object Name: 
Candelabrum with Ormolu Mounts
Maker(s): 
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
51.2.226
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 61.9 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
about 1800
Web Description: 
By the late 18th century, English manufacturers had taken full advantage of the refractive qualities of lead glass by adding sophisticated cutting to their wares. In 1780, Parliament lifted a 35-year ban on the exportation of Irish glass, and the tax-free Irish glass industry responded by producing large quantities of wares for export. Many English glassworkers moved to Ireland to take advantage of the financial benefits. The styles of English and Irish cut glass became very similar, and this glass is often referred to as “Anglo-Irish.” Luxurious consumer goods, offered in fashionable London showrooms, included many light fittings. Wax candles were an expensive commodity, and efforts were made to maximize the amount of illumination they could provide. Moses Lafount, a “lustre-mounter” in London, patented this design for a candelabrum constructed with ormolu mounts. Festoons of cut drops added a magnificent jewel-like appearance to the elegant neo-classical shape.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Steuben Glass, Inc., Former Collection
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Inscription: 
325
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A
Stamp
PATENT
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LAFOUNT
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B
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Primary Description: 
Colorless, presumably lead glass; pattern-molded and blown, cut and pressed; ormolu mounts. Lower shaft, urn shape: pressed lemon-squeezer base, cut, square plinth with decagonal terraced dome at center supporting inverted ovoid body with large relief-diamonds between round-top panels below and short ones above on shoulder, nine-sided reel-like neck; ormolu rod set in neck and encased in cut flat-paneled parts -- a beehive-shaped part below a long one with sides in alternated double-ogee and flaring bottom; elaborate stemmed circular ormolu mount with screw at center to hold rib-molded upper shaft set in goblet-like ormolu mount and tapering to scrolled end; two rib-molded arms set in ormolu collars which fit into and are supported by ornamental rings in line with central mount; arm below collar, curving to ormolu collar fitted with star pans and supporting a knop-based, flat-cut paneled ovoid socket with Van Dyke-scalloped saucer rim and, above collar, matching central scroll shaft; festoon of pear drops depending from scrolls, those from arms attached to sunburst at middle of central drop; pear drops from points of star pans.
William Bingham - America, A Good Investment
Venue(s)
Roberson Center for the Arts and Sciences 1975-02-07 through 1975-06-01