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Candelabrum

A work made of bronze.

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  • A work made of bronze.

Date:

1902/5

Artist:

Jessie M. Preston
American, 1873–1962
Chicago

About this artwork

A graduate of the School of the Art Institute, Jessie M. Preston was a notable Chicago Arts and Crafts metalsmith. This candelabra is an example of one of her most successful and graceful Art Nouveau–influenced designs. The center candle stem rests on a base adorned with flowing and swirling grasses, and it sprouts into four asymmetrical and curving branches that end in flowering morning glories. As she did with so much of her metalwork, Preston transformed this candelabra into a dynamic, organic form with a life and movement of its own.

Status

On View, Gallery 177

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Jessie M. Preston

Title

Candelabrum

Origin

Chicago

Date

c. 1902–1905

Medium

Bronze

Inscriptions

Marked on the bottom in script "J Preston/ Chicago" with a conjoined "J" and "P"

Dimensions

49.9 × 34.3 × 33 cm (19 5/8 × 13 1/2 × 13 in.); base: 21.6 × 20.3 cm (8 1/2 × 8 in.)

Credit Line

Restricted gift of Celia and David C. Hilliard

Reference Number

2003.170

Extended information about this artwork

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