In 1973 the ZCMI Department Store’s cast iron facade in Salt Lake City needed repair and the Baird brothers David, Richard and Robert working under the direction of their restoration architect father Steven discovered the skills and techniques to restore and build cast metal ornamentation.
HACI (Historical Arts & Casting Inc) searched for a company suited to the project, and finding none, HACI assembled their own artisans, sculptors and pattern makers learning how to deal with multiple metal alloys.
From sand molding to lost wax processing and incorporating support systems, the four story ZCMI façade was authentically restored. And a metal craft restoration business was born.
The success of the ZCMI project spread and soon HACI was getting awards for restoration of cast metal ornamentation from coast to coast. A cast-metal revival had occurred!
Today HACI offers what is recognized to be the best available consultation on preservation of cast-metal work having just finished their most notable project: the multiple year restoration of the US Capitol Dome in Washington DC.
HACI‘s treasure chest of skills include sculpting, foundry, machining, fabrication, finishing and field work restoration in their repertoire working with the finest of American architects on projects across the country.
Earlier in company history HACI embarked on creating a Signature Collection of reproduction for collectors. The Collection included designs by Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright and Robert Jarvie. Fair Oak Workshops represented HACI and sold these products to our customers. In fact, a few of the designs were actually copied from our antique originals!
Unfortunately, HACI’s business grew with so much demand that the Signature Collection of reproduction Wright, Sullivan and Jarvie products were discontinued! Fair Oak Workshops secreted some of the pieces to the back of our inventory shelves which we have now just rediscovered.
Robert Jarvie (1865-1941; Chicago) was a premier designer and metalsmith of the Arts & Crafts movement. He chose strong influences from Prairie School architecture and ornamentation and applied them to his passionate interest in creating candlesticks. During seven short years from 1905 to 1912, he produced an entire line of reproduction candlesticks that transformed a utilitarian article into a decorative work of art.
Historical Arts & Casting reproductions were of of Jarvie's most eloquent designs. We are offering our collection of those pieces below and we have only one of the products as listed listed.
Note: Most early Historical Arts & Castings Jarvie candlesticks were not marked. Antique dealers were upset because the sticks were so well reproduced, they could easily pass as originals. So later Historical Arts and Casting production included hallmarks.
Here is a view of Historicals Arts & Casting's Jarvie candlesticks showing their side-by-side sizes.
L to R above are Alpha, Beta, Delta, Iota, Kappa, Lamda, Mu, Theta, Omicron Two Branch and Kappa Candelabra candlesticks which were named using the Greek alphabet.
1) A Robert Jarvie pair of Alpha candlesticks. An early Jarvie design with clean lines and perhaps the most commonly known of the Jarvie sticks. Bobeche are included. Please scroll down to order.
2) A Robert Jarvie pair of Beta candlesticks. This was the first and most beautiful of Jarvie's designs and today originals are the most sought after. Bobeche are included. Please scroll down to order.
3) A Robert Jarvie pair of Delta candlesticks. A delicate design with a small bud on a narrow shaft. This stick was Frank Lloyd Wright's personal choice as a gift to the Coonley and Isabel Roberts clients. Bobeche are included. Please scroll down to order.
4) A Robert Jarvie pair of Iota candlesticks. The most massive of Jarvie's designs with a tulip bulb cup that avoids the need for bobeche. Please scroll down to order.
5) A Robert Jarvie pair of Kappa candlesticks. A massive stick displaying symmetry at the top and bottom. Bobeche are included. Please scroll down to order.
6) A Robert Jarvie pair of Lamda candlesticks which are somewhat common in the antique market. This is a simple design inspired by the traditionsl chamberstick. There are no bobeche in this design. Please scroll down to order.
7) A Robert Jarvie pair of Mu candlesticks. This stick is a more simple interpretation of the Lamda borrowing on the chamberstick design. This stick does include
bobeche and are included. Please scroll down to order.
8) A Robert Jarvie pair of Theta candlesticks. An example of Jarvie's organic designs. Bobeche are included. Please scroll down to order.
9) A Robert Jarvie bronze Omicron Two Branch Candlestick which is actually an Art Nouveau design. Features two teardrop candleholders attached to arms in candelabra fashion. Includes bobeche. Note the enhanced hallmark shown above. Please scroll down to order.
10) Another like candelabra except a Four Branch plus center 5th Candlestick. Bobeche are included. Note the enhanced hallmark shown above. Please scroll down to order.