Pair of George IV Colza Oil ‘Rhyton’ Lamps with boar’s heads

Pair of George IV Colza Oil ‘Rhyton’ Lamps with boar’s heads


Pair of George IV Colza Oil ‘Rhyton’ Lamps with boar’s heads:
in the form of an antique rhyton; black-bronzed with gilded boar’s head, flambeau and mounts; the base marked ‘Messenger & Phipson.’
Circa 1830, restored and supplied with replacement cut and frosted glass shades.

Height: 9" - 23.0cm
Width: 12½" - 32.0cm
Projection: 5¼" - 13.0cm
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.


Thomas Messenger (1767-1832), originally in partnership with Thomas Phipson from 1797 as a maker of fine furniture mounts, went into business with his s ons in 1822. 'Thomas Messenger & Sons' advertised as 'Manufacturers of Chandeliers, Tripods and Lamps of every description in bronze and ormolu'. Most of their lamps used the Argand Patent with colza oil. They were based in Birmingham, on 15-16 Broad Street, in the heart of the bronze and plate industry. They also had London premises at 73 Hatton Garden and expanded in 1860 to include 19-20 Broad Street, London. The firm gained a reputation for producing outstanding, original and highly decorative designs, manufactured to the highest standards. They exhibited a number of chandeliers in the Great Exhibition of 1851, and again in the international exhibition of 1862.


Ceremonial drinking cup shaped like an animal head or horn.
Further Information
After a design of Piranesi (1720-1788), illustrated in his 'Vasi, Candelabri, Cippi, Sarcofagi' published 1778.

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