European Furniture & Decorative Arts
Gorham Martelé .9584 Silver Five-light Candelabra, Providence, 1916, Frederick Richard Avery, maker, date code "KKK," with a central sconce encircled by four scrolled arms with oak leaf accents at the joint to the stem and chased foliate and floral motifs to the arms, on a tapering stem with chased daisies tapering to a shaped foot with oak leaf accents along the edge, ht. 16 1/2 in., approx. 59.5 troy oz.
Note: The costing slip notes that this candelabra was a special order made to match an existing "cream" that was ordered as part of a tea set in 1906 (code "H/XB"). One of only eight five-light candelabra produced in the Martelé line, it took 79 hours to make with an additional 183 hours of chasing at a factory cost of $337.50. A photograph of this candelabra from the Brown University archives is illustrated in L.J. Pristo, Martelé: Gorham's Nouveau Art Silver p. 103.
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