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Collection of the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Drawing, "Design for a Candelabrum", 1800–15

type: Drawing

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A design for a single candelabrum. At the bottom, lions, crouching on a base, support a pavilion, on the volutes of which are seated two female figures: "Strength," at left and "Faith," at right. At the center stands a Papal escutcheon. On top of the dome stands a capital, supporting a sphere. The sphere is surrounded by a band with St. John the Evangelist, St. Paul, St. Peter, another saint with a book, and St. Mark, and is topped by clouds with the Dove and cherubim. From the clouds rises a balustrade, in a circle of winged female figures. The balustrade supports the bowl, form which festoons are suspended, and the socket. Under the base line is an inscription and scale.


Luigi Righetti


Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design