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Bequest of Frances P. Taft, Trustee of the Cleveland Museum of Art, 1973-2017 2017.203
The enameled silver candlesticks showcase the professional relationship between mentor (Frederick Miller) and student (John Paul Miller) in that the silver was hand-wrought by Frederick and the enamel work was executed by John. Fred encouraged John to give up painting when both were students at the Cleveland Institute of Art and John began to study metalwork. They worked across the bench from each other nearly every day for 40 years and collaborated on projects from time to time—enameled candlesticks being the most significant of their projects, which were sold through Fred’s business Potter & Mellen in Cleveland. This pair of candlesticks was made for their close friends, Seth and Frances Taft, though the occasion remains unknown.
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