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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1997 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Knight, Chris, born 1964 (designer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pen, pencil and crayon on paper

  • 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

Full-scale drawing 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)


1997 (made)


Knight, Chris, born 1964 (designer)

Materials and Techniques

Pen, pencil and crayon on paper

Marks and inscriptions

'Three Light Candelabra. / © Copyright Chris Knight 97. / Victoria and Albert Museum / Scale: Full Size / Materials: Silver, Graphite, Resin, Nylon.'
Inscribed in ink; lower left


Height: 754 mm sheet, Width: 485 mm sheet

Descriptive line

Full-scale design for a pair of three light candelabra by Chris Knight, pen, pencil and crayon, 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


Ink; Graphite; Crayon; Paper



Subjects depicted



Designs; Lighting; Metalwork

Production Type



Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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