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American Silver-plated Copper Floriform Candlesticks, Marie Zimmermann (1879-1972), ca. 1915

American Silver-plated Copper Floriform Candlesticks, Marie Zimmermann (1879-1972), ca. 1915

Item Description:

Rare matching set of four Arts and Crafts era candlesticks in heavily silvered copper by noted American metalworker, jeweler and designer, Marie Zimmermann (1879-1972). Each candlestick is fully marked and comes directly from the artist's estate.

The candlesticks date circa 1915 while Zimmermann maintained a workshop studio and showroom at the National Arts Club at Gramercy Park in New York City. Domed and fluted bases join fluted bobeche collars with simple tube stems. The surfaces are finished with hammer marks (although likely cast) and the stems have double scored lines at top and bottom. Each candlestick includes a removable candle cup.

Each stamped Marie/Zimmermann/Maker around her MZ cipher over 75 (model number) underfoot. A similar example of this form in gilded copper with twisted stems is illustrated on page 329, fig. 10.7 of The Jewelry and Metalwork of Marie Zimmermann, 2011.


Appears fine with small areas of oxidation/tarnish. Please contact cataloging@lofty.com for specific condition questions.


The Estate of Marie Zimmermann


Height 12.2 in.
Diameter of candle cup 3.38 in.
Diameter of base 5.25 in.

About The Artist:

Marie Zimmermann (1879-1972) was an American metalsmith, jeweler, and designer working in New York City during the opening decades of the 20th century. She was by turns an outdoors woman, employer, world traveler, daughter, sister, and artist; period journalists called her "…master of a dozen crafts...perhaps the most versatile artist in this country" and "the last of the great metal craftsmen...the modern Benvenuto Cellini."

Zimmermann's creative and innovative designs for jewelry, funerary monuments, and ornamental accessories for home and garden were eclectic, often experimental, and informed by her life-long interests in the historical design and the natural world.

Zimmermann studied at the Pratt Institute and the Art Students' League in New York before taking a suite of rooms at the National Arts Club where she maintained a workshop studio and showroom. Her designs were exhibited widely throughout her career and today, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City holds the largest collection of her objects, acquiring their first example in 1922. Examples of her creations in jewelry and metalwork are also in the permanent collections of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, and the Columbus Museum of Art.

For more information, see The Jewelry and Metalwork of Marie Zimmermann, American Decorative Art 1900 Foundation and Yale University Press, 2011.


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American Silver-plated Copper Floriform Candlesticks, Marie Zimmermann (1879-1972), ca. 1915

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