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Fine American Decorative Arts

E. F. Caldwell and Co., NY

Set of Eight, Five Arm Sconces made for Lynnewood Hall,
Elkins Park. PA

Showing one pair from the set.

American, Circa 1900
Gilt Bronze, 28 inches high and 21 wide
Illustrated in the Caldwell Photo Catalog


These sconces are most likely from the Library of Lynnewood.


 

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These two fixtures are from a set of 8 that are available. The set of 8 lights are from a larger collection of lighting all made for Lynnewood Hall, a massive mansion in Elkins Park, PA that was the home of Peter Arrell Brown Widener. It was built in 1900 and designed by Horace Trumbauer a young architect who was building a reputation for creating elaborate mansion that rivaled those of European aristocracy. Lynnewood Hall had over 110 rooms on 300 acres, is still extant but in disrepair. The Elms in Newport, RI, Whitemarsh Hall in Cherry Hill, NJ, and the Elkins Estate directly across the street from Lynnewood Hall are some of Trumbauer's more notable commissions. For further reading on Trumbauer we suggest American Splendor, The Residential Architecture of Horace Trumbauer by Michael Kathrens.


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These sconces were probably from the library, a room that waswas converted in the ballroom of Lynnewood. The above photos show the before and after of the room and in both several 5 arm sconces seem to be identical to ours. In the ball room image the fixtures show half round shades over the bulbs. We have several of these shades. The fabric has disintegrated but it is evident how they were upholstered.

The photograph at the right shows the group of 8 sconces together with other sets of lighting, all Caldwell and from Lynnewood hall.



A group of 8 elaborate sconces by Caldwell is quite rare.
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The black and white image is from the Caldwell photo catalog at the Cooper Hewitt Museum, the design division of the Smithsonian. The catalog number in the photograph reads C-4931. This number corresponds to a date of 1900. The correct date for the construction of the mansion.


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