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Design - V+A Concept Sheet #1

V+A Concept Sheet #1

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    August 1997 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Knight, Chris, born 1964 (Designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pencil, pen and felt-tip on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Supported by the Friends of the V&A

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MD, shelf 47

When the Silver Galleries reopened in November 1996, the Friends of the V&A chose to commemorate this achievement by commissioning a piece of silver. The Director, Dr. Alan Borg, chose, on the recommendation of the Metalwork Department, Chris Knight (b.1964) as an artist capable of providing a contemporary design and a standard of finish that would be suitably monumental. Chris Knight, who was already represented in major collections, designs and produces silverware to be used. He regards functional requirements as creative guidelines, not restrictions. From time to time, these candelabra are used when the Director entertains formally.

Physical description

Sheet with rendered concept sketch and side elevation for a pair of three light candelabra. The base supports a rising branch in the form of an arc to which is attached a stacked tier of ellipsoid sections at the apex. At the outer end of each section is attached an inverted cone in which rests a circular, gilt, drip pan and candle socket.

Place of Origin

England (made)


August 1997 (made)


Knight, Chris, born 1964 (Designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pencil, pen and felt-tip on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed in ink; bottom right corner


Height: 692 mm sheet, Width: 420 mm sheet

Object history note

These design drawings (E.1172 to 1180-2000) were acquired when the candelabra were commissioned by the V&A Metalwork department for the Museum's collections (M.21:1 to 3 and M.22:1 to 3-1998).

Descriptive line

Concept design drawing for a pair of three light candelabra by Chris Knight, pen, pencil, felt-tip, England, 1997

Production Note

Attribution note: Commissioned by the Friends of the V&A, 1997, to commemorate the opening of Phase I of the Silver Galleries Project (1994-1996).
Reason For Production: Commission


Paper; Pencil; Pen; Felt tip pen



Subjects depicted



Designs; Lighting; Metalwork

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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