Pair of Sterling Silver Candlesticks by Theodore B. Starr, 20th Century
Pair of 20th century American weighted sterling silver candlesticks by Theodore B. Starr, ,having a baluster column with urn form capital, and profusely decorated with tooled and applied swags, flowers, foliage and shields on an openwork base. Height 11", base diameter 5 3/4". Gross weight 39.7 troy ounces.
Theodore B. Starr was a company of silversmiths founded in New York in 1862 by Theodore Starr. In 1880 "The Independent" published an article in which “The House of Theodore B. Starr” is described as an establishment that develops “an educated demand for ‘beauty in use;’” and where one will find “his taste and his intelligence stimulated.” The Metropolitan Museum of Art, who owns and displays pieces by T.B. Starr, champions Starr as “among the most prominent and influential jewelry and silversmithing firms in New York City during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries” whose work was “enthusiastically heralded in the press.” The company was incorporated in 1907 by Starr's son, before being bought in 1918 by Reed and Barton, and finally closing in 1923.
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