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Rare Single Stick Hand-Wrought Goberg Iron Candelabra w/Dangling Hearts, Ca. 1910
We are offering a wonderful and very rare signed Goberg single stick candelabra that has been decorated with a set of two dangling stamped iron hearts and a curly-cue motif. Typical of Goberg's work this piece shows the hand hammered design and texture elements for which he is so well known. Overall the piece is in good condition. It retains the vast majority of the original black painted surface that he frequently used to finish his pieces. It has some oxidation (rust) and discoloration which is usually expected on old iron work. There is also some dripped candle wax that appears in the candle cup and on the base. We have removed some of it, but some still remains. A wonderful age patina covers the whole surface. The metalwork is still solid with no wobble or weakening of the joints. It sits nicely on any flat surface and looks great on a table. Because the arms of the candle cups are made of small square iron rods, the piece has a much lighter appearance than is usually associated with Goberg’s work. This is a unique deviation from his norm. In addition, the knurled tubular stem also adds an interesting look that again helps to lighten the look of the piece. The piece is signed with both “Rasper” and "Austria" which indicates that the piece was made by Goberg in his Rasper studio based in Austria. The total height is about 11.875 inches and it is 5.125 inches across. The circular base is about 5 inches in diameter. The piece has an unusual look because of the single candlestick rather than the more common two, three or four candle cups. Rest assured that wherever you put this beauty with a candle in place it is bound to show well and draw many great looks and comments.
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. 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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