Pair of English Regency cut glass six-branch Anthemion Chandeliers
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Pair of English Regency cut glass six-branch Anthemion Chandeliers

2037

Pair of English Regency cut glass six-branch Anthemion Chandeliers:
with gilt-bronze leaf crown and anthemion band dressed with chains and basket of finely cut ‘double-star’ prisms and facet-cut glass finial; the cut glass pans and crown with ‘icicle’ prisms. Circa 1820, restored and prepared for electric candles and internal lights.

Height: 31½" - 80.0cm
Width: 27" - 68.5cm

'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.

anthemion

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.

'icicle' pendant

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

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.

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