The Melbourne centrepiece
- (a-m) 122.7 × 64.0 × 64.0 cm (overall) (large candelabrum)
(n-s) 82.2 × 38.9 × 32.8 cm (overall) (male candelabrum)
(t-y) 81.0 × 36.6 × 32.8 cm (overall) (female candelabrum)
- Place/s of Execution
- London, England
- Accession Number
- International Decorative Arts
- Credit Line
- National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased by the Government of Victoria to mark the official opening of the new premises of the National Gallery of Victoria at the Victorian Arts Centre on 20th August, 1968
- Gallery location
- 18th & 19th Century Decorative Arts & Paintings Gallery
Level 2, NGV International
- (a-m) Large candelabrum, for nine lights composed of figures representing the seasons. (n-s) Small candelabrum, triangular, central nozzle with male figures supporting stems/branches. (r-y) Small candelabrum, triangular, central nozzle with female figures supporting stems/branches.
This monumental three-piece centrepiece was originally presented by Queen Victoria to Viscount Melbourne, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Lord Melbourne, after whom the city of Melbourne is named, was a close confidant and companion to Queen Victoria prior to her marriage. The engraved inscription reads: ‘Presented to Viscount Melbourne as a mark of regard and esteem by Victoria R. and Albert, Feburary 10, 1840’, the date Victoria and Albert were married. The ornate form of the centrepiece is characteristic of the rococo-revival stlye that was so popular in early- to mid-nineteenth-century England.