New England, ca. 1770-1810. Amont the rarest of all survivors in early American lighting. Stately, proud, uncomplicated presence. In a choice state of originality including the lemon-shaped turned wooden “hub” in dry crusty mustard paint, six rod-iron arms (branches), beautifully crimped-tin drip trays surmounted by tin candlecups, each containing a period candle. Also retains its thin iron hanging rod terminating in a hook for easy hanging. Outside diameter (from outer edges of opposing candle cups) about 16 inches; height about 20 inches (which includes about 13 inches for the hanging iron rod). The lemon hub is about 7 inches tall; each drip pan about 3 3/4 inches diameter. Finest condition despite insignificant hairline shrinkage checks to the wooden hub. See EARLY LIGHTING, the Rushlight Club, page 27 for related examples. Provenance: 30 years ago Hollis Brodrick; private collection until recently.
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