Girandoles

A work made of gilt bronze, marble, glass.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of gilt bronze, marble, glass.

Date:

1848/51

Artist:

Isaac F. Baker
American, active mid-19th century
Made by Cornelius and Company
American, 1839–1851
Philadelphia

About this artwork

Gilt girandoles adorned countless parlor mantelpieces and tables in mid-19th century American homes. These particular girandoles refer to James Fenimore Cooper’s Last of the Mohicans, which tells the tragic story of the Mohawks and their attempt to rescue a young white woman abducted by a renegade Huron. The central candelabra shows Chief Chingachgook seated on a log, next to Natty Bumppo, whom he raised to manhood. Behind them stands Chingachgook’s son, Unicas. These three, along with Major Duncan Heyward, seen at the right, set out to free the abducted Cora Munro, at the left.

On View

American Art, Gallery 172

Artist

Cornelius and Company

Title

Girandoles

Origin

Philadelphia

Date

1848–1851

Medium

Gilt bronze, marble, glass

Dimensions

H.: 45.1 cm (17 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of the Antiquarian Society through Judith Carmack York

Reference Number

1995.102a-c

Extended information about this artwork

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