Cut glass Regency Dish Light with gilt-bronze gallery & festoon

Cut glass Regency Dish Light with gilt-bronze gallery & festoon


Cut glass Regency Dish Light with gilt-bronze gallery & festoon:
the diamond-cut glass dish with fine gilt chain festoon and cut glass pear-shaped pendants; the fleur-de-lys gallery suspended on three chains from matching top boss.
Circa 1830, restored.

Height: 20" - 51.0cm
Width: 16" - 41.0cm


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.

gilded, gilt

A very thin layer of gold applied to brass or bronze.


A hanging garland of prisms or flowers.

English 'pear' pendant

Pear-shaped cut-glass pendant with a facetted front and pointed star back.

fleur de lys

The famous stylised lily associated with French royalty.

top boss, boss

A knob or stud or other round, protruding ornament; the architectural term meaning circular roundel on a the crossing of a ceiling vault. We use 'top boss' to describe the decorative metal knob where the chains or struts meet at the top of a chandelier.

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