Large twenty light ‘thistle-and-rose’ Regency cut-glass Chandelier

Large twenty light ‘thistle-and-rose’ Regency cut-glass Chandelier


Large twenty light ‘thistle-and-rose’ Regency cut-glass Chandelier:
the gilt-bronze pierced frame of thistle-and-rose design with the candle-branches on two tiers; dressed with ‘double-star’ prisms and ‘plain icicle’ pendants; with diamond-cut ball shaped finial.
Circa 1820, restored and rewired.

Height: 56" - 140.0cm
Width: 40" - 103.0cm


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.

'icicle' pendant

Tapered cut-glass pendant with multi-facetted cutting, in the shape of an icicle.

'double star' prisms

Round cut-glass prisms with star-cuttings on both sides. One of the finest of prisms, generally used on Regency and later chandeliers by Perry & Co.

gilded, gilt

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

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