On View In:
Gallery 379
Artist:   Bruno Paul
K. M. Seifert & Company  
Title:   Candelabrum  
Date:   1901  
Medium:   Cast and wrought brass  
Dimensions:   16 1/2 x 27 x 9 in. (41.91 x 68.58 x 22.86 cm)  
Credit Line:   The Modernism Collection, gift of Norwest Bank Minnesota  
Location:   Gallery 379  

The ceremonial appearance and considerable size of this twelve-armed candelabrum make it among the most compelling of German Art Nouveau (Jugendstil) metalworks. The arms swivel around the central shaft forming a three-dimensional tree form or, as here, may be arranged with the arms in a row suggesting a stylized peacock. Designed in 1901, it was being sold in several sizes by the Vereinigte Werkstätte until at least 1914. To date, few versions of this candelabrum have been recorded.

Name:   Paul, Bruno  
Role:   Designer  
Nationality:   German  
Life Dates:   German, 1874-1968  
Name:   K. M. Seifert & Company  
Role:   Manufacturer  
Life Dates:   Dresden-Löbtau, for the Vereinigte Werkstatten fur Kunst im Handwerk, Munich (est. 1897)  

Object Description  
Classification:   Metalwork  
Physical Description:   Cast and wrought; comprised of twelve arms and central shaft for a total of thirteen candle holders; the arms swivel round the center shaft so that they may be arranged in the same plane or at right angles to each other, forming a three-dimensional stylized tree  
Creation Place:   Europe, Germany, , ,  
Accession #:   98.276.242  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts