Candlestand
Date ca. 1815-25
Maker: Attributed to James Woodward, American, 1769 - 1839
Dimensions 25 3/4 × 14 3/16 in. (65.4 × 36 cm)
Medium Mahogany
Credit Line Gift of Mary Willoughby Hill Staley
Description This mahogany candlestand is 25 3/4 inches tall and has a circular top 14 1/16 inches in diameter. It is constructed of a total of 8 pieces of wood. Its 18 inch turned support column is joined to three curved “spider” legs to create a tripod base occupying a circular space of roughly 12 inches in diameter. The round top is hinged to the column on one side, locked in place with a spring bolt, and may be folded down. When the top is lowered, the total height of the piece is 33 1/8 inches. There are no marks or inscriptions.
Exhibition History"The Norfolk Rooms," Willoughby-Baylor House, Norfolk, VA, opened August 16, 2014.
Published ReferencesThomas R. J. Newbern and James R. Melchor, _Classical Norfolk Furniture: 1810-1840_ (Paducah, KY: Turner Publishing Company, 2004) 114, fig. 8-32.
Provenance Original ownership by Nivison or Tazewell families, Norfolk, VA. Inherited as family heirloom by Mary Willoughby Hill Staley, Maynard, MA. Gift from Mary Willoughby Hill Staley to Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA, June 2014.
Object Label Candlestand, ca. 1815–25 Mahogany Gift of Mary Willoughby Hill Staley 2014.6
Object Number 2014.6