Dorothy Thorpe gold and Lucite candlestick holders in perfect condition.
A stylish and sophisticated pair of candlestick holders in the gold version which you do not come across very often. An incredible design considering it is from the 1940s.
The double candleholder measures: H.23 x W.22 x D.18 cm and the single one measures H.20 x W.21 x D.15 cm.
Dorothy Thorpe started her design in drink ware in a very DIY manner – by cutting the necks off beer bottles and fashioning them into tumblers using decorations and handles. When her brother took one of the first tumblers Thorpe created to work at MGM Studios, Clark Gable saw them and ordered six dozen of the design. This was her foot in the door, allowing her to sell her work out of a small gift shop in Hollywood. Eventually, her client list included Princess Grace of Monaco and other Hollywood stars. This paved the way for her to become a successful contributor to the world of glassware.
Despite her lack of formal training, Thorpe would go on to design iconic pieces, develop glass Design Techniques, and have pieces added to several museum collections. Thorpe used many techniques to realize her design, among them etching, hand-painting, frosted silver plating, and silver banded glassware. Work produced by Thorpe is often signed with a backwards “D,” a large “T,” and a second “D.” One of her most popular designs was “Ivy Leaves.” She hand carved the floral design from life. Many of her designs incorporated natural elements, such as her Hydrangea stemware line, with elaborate, floral-inspired stems. She listed some of the flora she used a letter to J. Stanley Brothers in 1945, including ferns, sugar cane, bird-of-paradise, and palm aria.
Dorothy Thorpe passed away in 1989. Her skill in glass and design are still recognized today by curators, collectors, and even in pop culture.