Pair of 20-branch ‘Liverpool Royal Assembly Rooms’ Chandeliers

Pair of 20-branch ‘Liverpool Royal Assembly Rooms’ Chandeliers


Pair of 20-branch ‘Liverpool Royal Assembly Rooms’ Chandeliers:
dressed with graduated chains of rectangular prisms known as ‘brickettes’, with bands of gilt-bronze leaves; the pans hung with simple triangle prisms.
Made and installed about 1860, these are two of the largest of a suite of various sizes; originally for gas, now restored and adapted for electricity.

Height: 93" - 237.0cm
Width: 62" - 157.5cm
Glossary Words

gilded, gilt

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


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.

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.

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