The Eagle Returns to Hyde Hall!
This pair of girandoles were separated in the 1990s, when one of the pair disappeared. Jonathan Maney, Executive Director, found a match for it last weekend at an antiques show! We hope to restore them completely and return the pair to the drawing room mantelpiece in Hyde Hall.
The black and white photograph is from Philip Hooker: a Contribution to the Study of the Renaissance in America by Edward W. Root (New York, Charles Scribner’s Sons: 1929). These photos show the girandoles in perfect condition where they were always placed—on the marble mantel in the drawing room along with the French gilt clock and music box purchased from Baldwin Gardiner in 1833.
We have not yet found the bill for the girandoles, but they are most likely English and the quality is superb.