Six candle branch gilt and cut glass Regency Chandelier
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Six candle branch gilt and cut glass Regency Chandelier

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Six candle branch gilt and cut glass Regency Chandelier:
the gilt frame with ‘strawberry leaf’ decoration; the scrolling, leafy branches bearing diamond-cut candle cups and pans; dressed with graduated chains of ‘double star’ prisms and ‘icicle’ pendants; with diamond-cut bottom finial. Circa 1820-30, restored, with interior lights.

Height: 28" - 71cm
Width: 31" - 79cm

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.

gilded, gilt

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

'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.

'icicle' pendant

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

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