Gasolier

A work made of brass and glass.

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  • A work made of brass and glass.

Date:

c. 1880

Artist:

Attributed to Thackara, Buck & Co.
American, c. 1871–1881 or
Thackara, Sons & Co.
1881– c. 1896
Philadelphia

About this artwork

This gasolier is a light fixture named for its original light source, gas, which had a flickering affect that would have been amplified by the hundreds of glass pendants and the twelve etched glass shades affixed to the intricate brass frame. Decorative metalwork flourished in the late 19th century with the rise of Aestheticism, a cultural movement that prized beauty in every aspect of life, including one’s furnishings. Here sprays of flattened flowers and stylized branches and leaves form the structural elements of the gasolier including the circular tiers and angular brackets that support the glass elements.

On View

American Art, Gallery 273

Artist

Thackara, Buck & Co.

Title

Gasolier

Origin

Philadelphia

Date

1880

Medium

Brass and glass

Dimensions

147.3 x 124.5 x 124.5 cm (58 x 49 x 49 in.)

Credit Line

Roger and J. Peter McCormick and Jane and Morris Weeden Funds

Reference Number

2018.7

Extended information about this artwork

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