Pair of Regency eight branch cut-glass Chandeliers
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Pair of Regency eight branch cut-glass Chandeliers

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Pair of Regency eight branch cut-glass Chandeliers:
the two-tiered canopy, cups, pans and tiered rings below dressed with
rule-cut ‘waterfall’ and ‘icicle’ pendants; with downchains of ‘double star’
cut glass prisms and pillar-cut cups and pans.
Circa 1820, restored and wired with internal splay of electric lights.

Height: 36" - 91.5cm
Width: 28" - 71.0cm

'waterfall' pendants

Long rule-cut pendant giving the impression of a waterfall; mainly used for lustre candlesticks.

'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.

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.

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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