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Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
MAKER Unknown
MEDIUM Pewter, glass, metal
DATES ca. 1850
DIMENSIONS 10 x 4 3/8 x 4 3/8 in. (25.4 x 11.1 x 11.1 cm)
MARKINGS Marked on underside of pedestal in black paint: "16010-194" [old accession number]
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Samuel Doughty
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Oil lamp; pewter pedestal and colorless glass reservoir with metal and pewter fittings. Hollow balustrade-like pedestal has round domed base with two steps and a line of incised diagonal hatch marks between steps; rises to cylindrical stem that tapers upward, decorated with molded and incised lines; rises to stepped cylindrical barrel; then flares out into a wide, nearly flat rim. Suspended from underside edge of rim is "chain" of ivy vines with leaves and berries. Glass reservoir for oil is a hollow, squat, bulbous form; from bottom extends solid cylindrical shaft that fits into pedestal; at top, raised neck with small round opening; neck has metal (pewter?) threaded collar. Round metal top screws into neck; two 1 ΒΌ" high tubes (feeds to oil) project from top at angle (soldered on); tubes taper upward to small opening. Suspended by gold-colored metal chain from top are two cone-shaped caps with flared opening; caps fit over tubes to snuff out flame. Without the glass reservoir, pedestal resembles a candlestick. CONDITION: Fair; pedestal has all-over tarnish, scratches, pittings, and other discolorations. Reservoir has tarnished and corroded metal parts; glass reservoir has manufacturing imperfections (air bubbles and other foreign materials).
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