Standing iron candlestand
Benjamin Gerrish (American, about 1686–1750)
Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Overall: 125.1 cm (49 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Wrought iron, brass
Edward W. and L. Linder Lombard Gallery (Gallery 138A)
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).
Early history unknown; lent by Hollis French, July 6, 1927, and made a gift in 1940.
Gift of Hollis French