Pair of cut glass swivel-arm Regency Wall Lights
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Pair of cut glass swivel-arm Regency Wall Lights

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Pair of cut glass swivel-arm Regency Wall Lights:
the gilded metal bracket holding a diamond and
slice-cut glass S-shaped candle branch, bearing
Regency candle-cup and pan; dressed with double
row of cut glass prisms and ‘icicle’ pendants.
Originally from a Regency 1820 chandelier, these
have been converted to wall lights at a later date.

Height: 7" - 18cm
Width: 4½" - 11.5cm
Projection: 9½" - 24cm

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.

Regency

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.

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