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Pair of Candlesticks

A work made of chrome-plated brass.

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  • A work made of chrome-plated brass.


c. 1935


Helen Hughes Dulany
American, 1885–1968
Helen Hughes Dulany Studio
American, active 1930–1937

About this artwork

The gleaming chrome surface and overtly geometric form of these candlesticks is emblematic of machine-age modern design in America. Helen Hughes Dulaney was one of the few women working in the field of industrial design in the first half of the 20th century. She designed objects for the home and industry including tableware for the streamlined train, the Burlington Zephyr. Dulaney stopped designing in 1937 and examples of her work are rare. Only one other pair of these two-tiered candlesticks is known.


On View, Gallery 265


Arts of the Americas


Helen Hughes Dulany


Pair of Candlesticks


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c. 1935


Chrome-plated brass


Ea: 12 × 30.5 × 5 cm (4 3/4 × 12 × 2 in.)

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Through prior gift of Emily Crane Chadbourne

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