English Regency diamond-cut Dish Light with ‘icicle’ pendants

English Regency diamond-cut Dish Light with ‘icicle’ pendants


English Regency cut-glass Dish Light with ‘icicle’ pendants:
with graduated cross-cutting; the gilt-bronze mount with pierced foliage and dressed with glass ‘single-star’ prisms and ‘icicle’ pendants; suspended by three ornamental chains to top leafy boss.
Originally made for colza oil, circa 1820, now restored and adapted with interior splay of electric lights.

Height: 30" - 75.0cm
Width: 19½" - 50.0cm


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.

'single star' prisms

Round cut-glass prism, with flat front and star-cut back. Used on early 19th century Regency chandeliers. Later used extensively by Osler for their drapery in the late 19th century.

'icicle' pendant

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

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