About this artwork
This gasolier is a light fixture named for its original light source, gas, which had a flickering affect that would have been amplified by the hundreds of glass pendants and the twelve etched glass shades affixed to the intricate brass frame. Decorative metalwork flourished in the late 19th century with the rise of Aestheticism, a cultural movement that prized beauty in every aspect of life, including one’s furnishings. Here sprays of flattened flowers and stylized branches and leaves form the structural elements of the gasolier including the circular tiers and angular brackets that support the glass elements.
- Thackara, Buck & Co. , Thackara, Sons & Co.
- Philadelphia (Object made in), United States (Artist's nationality:)
- c. 1880
- Brass and glass
- 147.3 ✕ 124.5 ✕ 124.5 cm (58 ✕ 49 ✕ 49 in.)
- Roger and J. Peter McCormick and Jane and Morris Weeden endowment funds