Second Empire four light gilt and black bronze Colza Oil Chandelier
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Second Empire four light gilt and black bronze Colza Oil Chandelier

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Second Empire four light gilt and black bronze Colza Oil Chandelier:
the gilded branches with acanthus leaf motif suspended on four ornamental chains from top boss; with black-bronzed well and gilded acanthus bud finials.
French, circa 1850 and restored.

Height: 26" - 66.0cm
Width: 23" - 58.5cm

Second Empire

Refers to the reign of Napoleon III (1850-70) which had more flamboyant styles than 'Empire', with more curlicues. The Empress Eugénie revived the Louis XVI style, together with an eclectic mix of sources. Many of our gilt-and-glass French chandeliers are Second Empire.

gilded, gilt

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

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.

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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