Gilded and frosted glass five branch ‘Victorian Gothic’ Gasolier

Gilded and frosted glass five branch ‘Victorian Gothic’ Gasolier


Gilded and frosted glass five branch ‘Victorian Gothic’ Gasolier:
with acid etched anthemion design to glass body; bearing gilded band
with scrolling arms of stylised foliate design; each arm with perched
spread eagle above and decorative gas tap.
Circa 1860, restored and supplied with frosted glass globes.

Height: 46" - 117.0cm
Width: 34" - 86.0cm
Glossary Words


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.

Gothic Revival

Gothic designs, based on medieval, Tudor and Jacobean, were introduced in the late 18th and early 19th centuries (see Strawberry Hill Gothic). It became the prominent British style for Queen Victoria's reign, following the writings and designs of A.W.N. Pugin and others from the 1840s onwards.


A palmette motif in the form of a stylised honeysuckle, found on classical Greek buildings such as the Erechtheum, in Athens, and often used as part of neo-classical decoration.

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