This third volume in the Frick’s Diptych series offers fresh insight into a pair of candelabra that represent the pinnacle of luxury and taste in the years prior to the French Revolution. Charlotte Vignon tells the fascinating story of these objects that are made of two small white vases with extraordinary gilt-bronze mounts by Pierre Gouthière, the celebrated eighteenth-century French chaser and gilder. Her essay is paired with a text by Edmund de Waal in which he examines what it is to make, own, and desire such complex objects
Designed to foster critical engagement and interest the specialist and non-specialist alike, each book in the new Frick Diptych series illuminates a single work in the Frick’s rich collection with an essay by a Frick curator paired with a contribution from a contemporary artist or writer.,
Edmund de Waal is a British artist and author of The Hare with Amber Eyes (2010) and The White Road (2015).
Charlotte Vignon is curator of decorative arts at The Frick Collection.