Impressive English Regency cut-glass Dish Light

Impressive English Regency cut-glass Dish Light


Impressive English Regency cut-glass Dish Light:
the gilded bronze classical mount of pierced oak leaf and acorn design; with decorative bud-and-leaf finial; the dish with swirl and diamond cut pattern; dressed with ‘single-star’ prisms and icicle pendants.
Circa 1820, originally for colza oil, now restored and adapted for electric lights.

Height: 27" - 59.0cm
Width: 19" - 48.0cm


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.

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.

gilded, gilt

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


Ornament forming a finishing flourish.

'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.

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.

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