- Museum number
Candlestick; brass, cast and wrought, circular lobed base pierced in the centre from which rise three spiralling stems which join at the top where each stem bifurcates and joins again to form a calyx containing the candle holder. The tops of the stems are riveted to the candle holder. The stems appear to rise from the base a if in one piece, but they are in fact separate. Within the three stems at the base is attached a small spiral.
- Production date
- 1900 (circa)
Height: 313 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text from J. Rudoe, 'Decorative Arts 1850-1950', revised ed. 1994, no. 403:
Richard Muller worked as an architect and designer in Dresden. From 1899 he designed a wide range of candlesticks and lamps for the lighting and metalwork firm K. M. Seifert. He also made designs for glass, porcelain and furniture. Seifert executed the designs of a number of other artists, including Riemerschmid and Bruno Paul ( see 'Decorative Arts 1850-1950', Rudoe 1994, cat. 406). A contemporary account of Seifert's lighting gave particular praise to Müller's original designs (Kunst und Handwerk 53,1902/3, pp. 154ff) quoted in K. H. Bröhan (ed), 'Kunst vom Jugendstil zur Moderne', Berlin 1990, 446). A candlestick of this design was included in the Turin Exhibition of 1902 on the display of Seifert, see Kunstgewerbeblatt, NF 14, 1903, p. 38.
Information supplementary to Rudoe 1994:
For further discussion of Müller's work in Dresden and his lighting designs for Seifert, see P. Hölscher and A. Ziffer, 'Jugendstil in Dresden. Aufbruch in die Moderne', exhibition catalogue, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Kunstgewerbemuseum, 1999, pp. 116-7 and Cat. 401-404, pp. 330-31.
- On display (G48/dc1)
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number