Artist/ Designer: Albert Paley
b. 1944, Philadelphia
Title: Gingko Candle Holders (pair)
Medium: Forged and fabricated steel.
Dimensions: 14" h x 6.5" x 5.5", Base 3.75" diameter.
Details: Stamped "Albert Paley 1989" on base. Produced in a total series of 100 pairs for the Peter Joseph Gallery. These two numbered 87 & 89 on bottom. Rare early decorative arts edition. Only one set available.
Notes from the Archive: Albert and his wife Frances reside in a restored carriage house in Rochester, New York whose property is highlighted by mature Gingko trees. The Gingko leaf has always been a natural reference in Paley's work and with these candle holders the iconically shaped leaf literally becomes a masterpiece. Each leaf form is fabricated, shaped and welded in place with all traces of the welds masterfully ground away. A deep black patina, adds depth to the unfolding leaves. A later version of this design was included in his recent retrospective exhibition at the Corcoran Museum of Art, In Washington DC. A museum quality work.
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