English Regency cut glass and gilt ‘Oak leaf’ Dish Light

English Regency cut glass and gilt ‘Oak leaf’ Dish Light


English Regency cut glass and gilt ‘Oak leaf’ Dish Light:
with diamond-cut glass dish; the gilded ‘oak leaf’ top corona and mount dressed with ‘icicle’ pendants; with leaf-and-bud finial.
Circa 1830, originally for colza oil, now restored and adapted for electric use.

Height: 33" - 84.0cm
Width: 23" - 59.0cm


Named after the Prince Regent, later George IV, circa 1810 to 1830, the term is also used more widely to describe the prevailing English neo-classical style between the 1790s and 1840. In lighting, they used multiple cut-glass prisms to achieve as many reflections as possible such as 'double-stars' and 'icicles'. Two chandelier designs typical of this period are the colza oil dish light and the balloon-shaped chandelier with graduated chains of prisms.

colza oil

A non-drying, yellow oil with little odour, obtained from the seeds of brassica campestris. In the Regency period, this was burned to provide light. See Argand.

'icicle' pendant

Tapered cut-glass pendant with multi-facetted cutting, in the shape of an icicle.

cut glass

Often now referred to as 'crystal', the glass was blown and shaped, then passed to a specialist cutter, who would polish and cut patterns to enhance its brilliance.

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