French late 19th century frosted glass Ceiling Light with gilt mount
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French late 19th century frosted glass Ceiling Light with gilt mount

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French late 19th century frosted glass Ceiling Light with gilt mount:
etched with festooning and foliate wreaths tied with ribbons; the gilt-lacquered mount with three rams heads and flower bud racemes to top loop.
Originally for gas circa 1890, restored and adapted for electricity.

Height: 18" - 46.0cm
Width: 8" - 20.0cm

gilded, gilt

A very thin layer of gold applied to brass or bronze.

festoon

A hanging garland of prisms or flowers.

foliate

This word is often used of decoration in our descriptions and means leafy.

raceme

frond or pannicle of leaves, buds or glass drops.

gasolier

Light-fitting made for gas. Gas was used in street lighting and most large town houses by the mid-19th century. Expensive fittings were made to appeal to weathier consumers and some chandelier makers like Osler produced cut-glass Gasoliers. Chandeliers also continued to be used with candles and oil, as when gas was very impure it could smell unpleasant and be dangerous. Some chandeliers were adapted into gasoliers.

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