George Washington purchased these candlestands for £ 3.10 on December 2, 1759 from the Scottish cabinetmaker James Allan of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Rising from an ingenious combination of C-scrolls and acanthus leaves, these fashionable stands enabled candles to be elevated and placed around the room for illumination. Washington would likely have utilized them in the West Parlor or Small Dining Room at Mount Vernon, the showpieces of his newly expanded and renovated home. They were placed in the New Room after its completion in 1788 and continued in use until Washington's death in 1799. More

Date

1759


People


Geography


Material/Technique

Mahogany


Dimensions

Overall: 48 in. x 20 5/8 in. x 21 1/2 in. (121.92 cm x 52.39 cm x 54.61 cm)


Credit

Gift of Hugh Campbell and brothers, 1887


Object Number

W-1/B


Colors


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