Sciarrotta for Bailey, Banks & Biddle Sterling Silver Candlestick in Mid-Century Modern Style
Rare candlestick in sterling silver by Sciarrotta for Bailey, Banks, and Biddle in riveting, modern design. Measuring 7'' tall by 5'' in width by 3 1/8'' in depth. Weighing 6.4 ozt. Bearing hallmarks as shown.
Sciarrotta’s handmade silver was sold at high-end American retailers in the mid-20th century, including Georg Jensen, Cartier, Black Starr and Gorham, Bailey Banks & Biddle, and Shreve. His designs became known as “The Wedding Gift of Philadelphia and Newport” and he was often referred to as the "Modern Cellini."
Bailey & Kitchen, as it was originally known, was founded in Philadelphia in 1832, by Joseph Trowbridge Bailey (1806-1854) and Andrew B. Kitchen (died 1850). The partnership was dissolved in November 1846. It was reformed with new partners as Bailey & Co. in 1841, and on March 1, 1878, again re-established as Bailey Banks & Biddle. After 1870, they resold silver from a variety of manufacturers. At the turn of the century, Bailey Banks & Biddle was commissioned by the U.S. government to update the Great Seal of the United States; its design today remains the official version of the seal.
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