Year: ca. 1866

Size: Height - 31”

2014.03.12 BMA Purchase


This bronze dore and porcelain candelabra is part of a pair and monogrammed “AA” matches Adelicia’s largest china service. Adelicia purchased a large set (over 500 pieces) of formal china serving 24 plus people, during her Grand Tour in 1865/66. The Escalier de Cristal, located in Paris was the premiere retailer of tableware in nineteenth century France. Before the advent of electricity light was an important element in entertaining. A surviving complimentary pair of now electrified carcel lamps could have also been used on the dining table. During the early 19th century serving multiple courses became popular which freed the center of the table for elaborate decorations such as these. Adelicia’s pair of candelabra and carcel lamps would have been accompanied by a large centerpiece which is no longer extant. Dispersed among other ornaments would have been several tazza holding molded foods, complemented by pairs of compotes holding fruit.


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Belmont Blvd & Acklen Avenue 

Nashville, TN 37212


1900 Belmont Blvd

Nashville, TN 37212


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The architecture of Belmont Mansion makes it one of the most significant homes of 19th century Tennessee.

Sold by the Acklen family in 1887, the house went to a developer who began one of Nashville’s early suburbs.

It was then purchased by two women who in 1890 started a college which evolved into Belmont University. Today the Belmont Mansion Association, which was formed in 1972, owns the collection, runs the museum, and shares this unique story of 19th century Nashville with visitors from far and near.

Photos by Ed Houk