We are offering a seldom seen pair of Goberg tabletop candlesticks that are signed HBV. These are quite rare and we have never had pieces like them before. Each piece stands 4 ½ inches tall. The bases measure 4 ½ inches in diameter and they have stems that are ½ inch in diameter and about 3 1/4 inches tall. Both pieces are made from iron that carries the marks from being shaped by hammering. The central stems on the two pieces vary slightly. Both are the same size, but one of them is smooth with a subtle spiral design running along the length of the stem. The other one has a textured quality along the length of the stem. Although they are slightly different, the difference does not jump out at you and they appear to be the same at first glance. They are in excellent condition with marvelous patina. Both pieces have minor oxidation that is expected on old ironwork. Each is signed on the underside of the base with “Germany” and “HBV” enclosed in a shield. This is the logo that Goberg used later in his career when he was working in Austria. They are both very simple designs and yet when sitting on a table provide a very nice statement. You will certainly enjoying showing them off and using them.
Known primarily for his hammered iron pieces, Goberg (Hugo Berger, or Hugo Berger Vienna, HBV) ) 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.