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Candle Stand

Place Made:
Charleston South Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1755-1775
Medium:
mahogany
Dimensions:
HOA: 29 3/8; WOA: 16 3/4
Accession Number:
2788.1
Description:
DESCRIPTION: Small candlestand: Single board top affixed to a baluster turned pedestal by a shaped block with double screws; three cabriole legs with pad feet are dovetailed onto the pedestal from beneath; a y-shaped metal fastener was added later.

CONSTRUCTION: Top joinery: One piece. Pedestal/cleat joinery: Pedestal tenoned to chamfered cleat nailed to top.

TERM: The first mention of a candlestand in Charleston sources is a 1754 advertisement in the South Carolina Gazette which noted imported “candle stands” from London. The term appears infrequently in Charleston records, although extant examples are plentiful. The terms “candle boy,” “light stand” and “stand” do appear in records, and any or all of these terms may refer to this form. This stand is attributed to Charleston based on its history and its design.

History:
This candlestand has a history of descent in the Cannon and Fraser families of Charleston.
Credit Line:
MESDA Purchase Fund