Pair of five-branch gilded bronze Regency Colza Oil Dish Lights
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Pair of five-branch gilded bronze Regency Colza Oil Dish Lights

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Pair of five-branch gilded bronze Regency Colza Oil Dish Lights:
each bearing frosted and cut glass dishes with matching shades; the frame with scrolling branches and sea serpent motif, suspended on ornamental chains from top boss.
Restored and wired for electricity.

Height: 37" - 81.0cm
Width: 32" - 94.0cm
Glossary Words

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.

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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