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Candlestand

Artist/Maker:
Cathey, William\Attributed
Place Made:
Rabun County Georgia United States of America
Date Made:
1820-1840
Medium:
birch –paint
Dimensions:
HOA: 27 3/4″
WOA: 22″
DOA: 15 1/2″
Accession Number:
5503.5
Description:
DESCRIPTION: Candle stand with octagonal top attached by screws to an elongated octagonal brace into which the ring turned shaft the tenons. The cabriole legs with heavy knees, terminate in simple unpadded feet. The tenons of the legs are shaped as dovetails, join the slotted mortises in the shaft and are glued. The table retains original mulberry-colored varnished surface.

WOODS: Birch was a plentiful and versatile wood often used by craftsmen in the Georgia piedmont. This candlestand, entirely of birch, was given a dark finish in imitation of walnut or mahogany.

History:
Descended in the family of William Cathey of Rabun County in the mountains of extreme northeast Georgia. According to the family tradition, William Cathey was the maker.
Credit Line:
MESDA Purchase Fund