Large Regency gilt colza Chandelier

Large Regency gilt colza Chandelier


Large Regency gilt colza Chandelier

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.


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.

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.


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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