Post Road Gallery
Fine American Decorative Arts
Set of Four Alabaster and Bronze Chandeliers made by
E. F. Caldwell and Co., NY
American, Circa 1900
Each approx. 23 inches in diameter with a 24 inch drop.
Each chandelier retains it's original board insulator which is marked the the Caldwell "C within a diamond" stamp.
These fixtures are from a large lot of fixtures all made for Lynnewood Hall, a massive mansion in Elkins Park, PA that was the home of Peter Arrell Brown Widener. Horace Trumbauer was the 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.
At the turn of the 20th century the E. F. Caldwell Company was the most sought after metalwork designer and manufacturer in the United States. With a specialty in electric lighting, their high quality castings and opulent beaux arts designs were favored by the architects of the "Gilded Age" mansions and large public buildings.