Gilded bronze and cut-glass five light Osler Chandelier
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Gilded bronze and cut-glass five light Osler Chandelier

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Gilt-bronze and cut-glass five light Osler Chandelier:
the central baluster stem with flower fronds and glass umbrella canopy; with five tulip shaped shades on outer curving branches; dressed with graduated festoons of ‘single-star’ prisms and pendants called ‘pedalogues’ peculiar to Osler. Made in Birmingham, circa 1910, in the early electric period, restored and rewired.

Height: 42" - 107cm
Width: 28" - 76cm

Osler & Co. (F & C)

Founded in Birmingham, England, in 1807, F & C Osler produced some of the most magnificent and imaginative items ever to come from a glass manufacturer. Thomas Osler, his sons, Follett and Clarkson, and after 1831, his nephew Abraham, were known for their exquisitely cut glass, often combined with fine gilded-metal mounts and framework, produced by their own craftsmen. From about 1840, they had established good contacts with the Middle East and had a gallery in Calcutta, India. Osler made an extravagant cut glass fountain for the centre of The Great Exhibition in 1851. They continued making chandeliers of the highest quality until well into the 20th century. In 1924, they took over the well-known lighting manufacturer Faraday Ltd. and went on producing light fittings until the 1970s.

Great Exhibition

The Great Exhibition of the Art and Industry of All Nations was opened by Queen Victoria in May 1851 in Joseph Paxton's vast, iron and glass 'Crystal Palace'. Attracting over six million people over six months, it represented Britain as a powerful trading nation and was the first of many international exhibitions. See Victorian and Osler.

'pedalogue'

A cut glass pendant designed by Osler, from 1880 onwards.

electrolier

A term adopted about 1900 to describe chandeliers specifically made for electricity. The very first electricity supply systems were from 1882. Important country houses had their own generators installed, such as Chatsworth House in 1895. Electricity became more commonly used in middle class homes from 1900.

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