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Candlestand

ca. 1830
Origin: America, North Carolina, southeastern
OH: 27”; OW: 20”; W top: 17”; D top: 16 7/8”
Black walnut
Gift of Calder Loth
Acc. No. 2013-104
Description: Candlestand with round top with an incised line around the perimeter of the top; top supported by a vigorously turned pedastal and three sawn cabriole legs.

Construction: Legs are joined to the pedastal with sliding dovetails; a presumably round tenon on the top of the pedastal is joined to a rectangular block screwed and reinforced with cut nails to the underside of the top.
Label:This busily turned candlestand may have been made in southeastern North Carolina, where it was owned in the late 19th and 20th centuries. With its turned top, turned pedestal, and sawn legs, this black walnut stand was probably made by a turner or joiner in a rural shop rather than an urban cabinetmaker who would have carved rather than sawn the cabriole legs. The maker was obviously aware of the popular urban styles of the 1830s where heavily turned and carved elements predominated.
Provenance:Donor inherited this stand from his aunt, Mary Ellis Beasley Loth (b. 1905), who was born and raised in Kenansville, Duplin County, in southeastern North Carolina and later lived in Waynesboro, Virginia as an adult. While the donor could not say whether Kenansville was the stand’s place of origin, he was certain that his aunt did not acquire it by purchase and that she had a number of early North Carolina family pieces. Her parents were Luther and Bertha Beasley of Kenansville, NC.