Set of four gilt and cut-glass three branch Wall Lights with spires
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Set of four gilt and cut-glass three branch Wall Lights with spires

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Set of four gilt and cut-glass three branch Wall Lights with spires:
and taller central notch-cut spire set in gilt leafy mounts; the rope-twist branches issuing from a domed body with gilt openwork band; dressed with graduated festoons of ‘double-star’ prisms and long gilt leaf-mounted ‘pear’ pendants. Circa 1860, in the style of Perry and restored.

Height: 24" - 61.0cm
Width: 14½" - 37.0cm
Projection: 11½" - 29.0cm

gilded, gilt

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

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.

festoon

A hanging garland of prisms or flowers.

'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.

Perry & Co

William Perry opened a shop at 72 New Bond Street in 1817 as Glass Manufacturer to the Prince Regent. The firm continued under different ownerships until the Depression of 1930. Perry produced a range of magnificent chandeliers, generally suitable for palaces. During the second half of the nineteenth century, at least, their name was linked with a particular kind of chandelier. It featured long, slender stem-pieces centring on an urn-shaped section, with generous double-ogee canopies above and a similar shaped dish inverted as a receiver bowl for the branches. Arms were normally rope-twist, often with moulded drip pans. There were seldom glass candle cups, merely a short tube with a saveall. The chandelier would be profusely dressed with graduated festoons of 'double-star' prisms and English 'pear' pendants, often alternating with clear spheres, and below, a faceted, pointed finial. They closed in 1921.

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