Designer / Maker
After a design by A.W.N. Pugin (1812–1852)
Manufactured by John Hardman & Co. (1838–1900)
41 × 28 (across arms) × 15 (diameter of base) cm
English (Birmingham), third quarter of the nineteenth century
[…]; with H. Blairman & Sons, 2015; private collection
Untitled trade catalogue for John Hardman & Sons (undated) includes a design for candelabra of this pattern, under ‘Library Candlesticks, &c.’, p. 12, no. 3
An unpublished drawing by A.W.N. Pugin (private collection) shows a three-light candelabrum of this form. The simplifications in the design of the present set demonstrated how John Hardman adapted Pugin’s designs for commercial production.
A related pair of silver-plated candelabra is in the collection of the Huntington Library & Art Gallery, San Marino, California.
A drawing, formerly in the Hardman Archive, shows a fireplace arrangement with similar (five-branch) candelabra.