Regency white opaline glass Hanging Light with grisaille decoration
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Regency white opaline glass Hanging Light with grisaille decoration

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Regency white opaline glass Hanging Light with grisaille decoration:
the waisted bowl decorated with three grisaille vignettes of classical figures; suspended from finely chased gilded top boss on three oval-link chains to female mask mounts; with leaf and pinecone finial.
Circa 1800.

Height: 31" - 79.0cm
Width: 11" - 28.0cm

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.

opaline

Fine semi-opaque, white and coloured glass, developed by the French in the first half of the 19th century, with a translucent quality.

gilded, gilt

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

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.

finial

Ornament forming a finishing flourish.

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