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We are offering one of Goberg’s most highly desired and sought after pieces, a three-stick candelabra with a hammered floral element in the center. The candelabrum stands 13 3/8 inches tall, is 6 7/8 inches wide, and stands on a round base that is 4 3/4 inches in diameter. This is a very heavy and solid item, made with beefy ½ inch square iron rods that have been bent and riveted together. Goberg made this style of candelabra in four versions, a one candle, a three- candle, a five-candle and a seven-candle version. The aesthetically pleasing look of the three- candle piece makes it one of the more popular items for collectors to obtain. This piece is in very good condition. The majority of the surface is still the original dark varnish that Goberg used to add some color to the surface along with protection from excessive oxidation. This particular candelabrum has had a very good life and survived well. There is some random candle wax at various places on the piece and some minor oxidation. There are two small ripples in the lips of two of the candle cups but they are very minor in appearance. The piece is signed “Germany” on the underside of the base. While it lacks the Goberg stamp there is no question that this is a Goberg item. We have had these candlesticks before and some were marked Goberg. He was well known for the inconsistency with which he marked his items. If you are looking for a classic Arts and Crafts piece for your dining room table, then this is something you do not want to miss out on. It is a great piece of ironwork, done by a classic artisan, when Arts and Crafts dominated both the U.S. and European art scene.
Known primarily for his hammered iron pieces, Goberg (Hugo Berger) is best known for his wide-ranging variety of candlesticks and smoking accessories. Besides being considered a metal fabricator of the Arts & Crafts era, Goberg is also closely associated with the German Jugendstil or Secessionist movement of the same time period. Jugendstil was the German component of the Arts and Crafts movement that was so popular worldwide. Much of his work was sold at Liberty of London with an occasional piece finding its way to the U.S.
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Goberg Hammered Iron Three Stick Candelabrum with Floral Insert, Ca. 1910
$100 USD SOLD
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