Standing iron candlestand

1736
Benjamin Gerrish (American, about 1686–1750)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 125.1 cm (49 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

40.606

Medium or Technique

Wrought iron, brass

On View

Edward W. and L. Linder Lombard Gallery (Gallery 138A)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Lighting devices

This candle stand, unusual in being both signed and dated, is a rare example of a lighting device found in many eighteenth-century homes. Gerrish was a Boston gunsmith with the metalworking skills necessary to create this stand fitted with brass candle cups, finial, and a ferrule (a ring around the slender shaft to strengthen it).

Provenance

Early history unknown; lent by Hollis French, July 6, 1927, and made a gift in 1940.

Credit Line

Gift of Hollis French