These two candlesticks are among five surviving examples of octagonal candlesticks acquired by George Washington and distinguished by neoclassical fluting, beaded borders, and swag decoration. They were among an array of lighting devices used in the executive mansion that also included Argand lamps and silverplated candlesticks described as plain, oval, and "spangle" - the last perhaps in reference to glittering or sequin like ornament. They were fitted with removable bobeches (collars to catch dripping wax) for easy cleaning. When placed on the presidential dining table, they would have harmonized with Washington's classically inspired table ornaments, porcelain, and glassware. More


c. 1796



Fused silverplate on copper


Overall: 11 1/2 in. x 5 3/8 in. x 5 3/8 in. (29.21 cm x 13.67 cm x 13.67 cm)
Other (bobeche): 1 3/8 in. x 2 5/16 in. x 2 5/16 in. (3.51 cm x 5.87 cm x 5.87 cm)


Purchase, 1900


Stamped inside socket, at base: a fishhook.

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