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Goberg Signed Hand Hammered Five Stick Cat Candelabra, Ca. 1900
Known primarily for his hammered iron pieces, Goberg (Hugo Berger) is best known for his wide ranging variety of candlesticks. 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 frame. What we are offering here is a wonderful example of Goberg's work, a fine and very rare five stick candelabra that has been decorated with an inset figure of a seated cat. Typical of Goberg's work this piece shows the hand hammered design and texture for which he is so well known. Overall the piece is in good condition. This piece has a heavy black varnish finish. Sometimes he coated his work with black paint and other times he left bare metal. In this case the varnish adds a wonderful dark richness to the look of the piece. It has some oxidation (rust) which is usually expected on old iron work. There is a wonderful patina that covers the whole surface and can only come with age. The metalwork is still sound with no loose parts. The candle cups are devoid of any dings or bends. However, each cup sits off at a slight angle which varies from cup to cup. This is a result of the hand assembled nature of the piece. The candelabrum sits well and looks great on a table. The cat offers a special appeal to the piece and makes it quite rare. It is also interesting to note that on the back side of the cat a tail sticks out and up. The piece is signed "Goberg" and “Germany”. The total height is about 13 3/8 inches and it is 12 inches across. The circular base is about 4 3/4 inches in diameter. Rest assured that wherever you put this beauty with candles in place it is bound to show well and draw many great looks and comments.
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