Suite of four Chandeliers from The Drapers’ Hall, Coventry

Suite of four Chandeliers from The Drapers’ Hall, Coventry


Suite of four Chandeliers from The Drapers’ Hall, Coventry:
hung in the the grand ballroom of The Drapers Hall, which had a specially designed air circulation system; the chandeliers each with twelve candle branches with petal-edged glass cups and pans, bell flower pendants and rosettes; dressed with hangers of square prisms and ‘waterfall’ pendants;
Circa 1840 and restored.

Height: 50" - 127.0cm
Width: 38" - 96.5cm
Glossary Words

'waterfall' pendants

Long rule-cut pendant giving the impression of a waterfall; mainly used for lustre candlesticks.


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.
Further Information
The Drapers’ Hall was to a design in 1832 by Thomas Rickman, in the Greek Revival style. The Chandeliers were hung in the grand Ballroom which was richly decorated with Adam’s style plasterwork, tall mirrors and a musicians’ gallery. Archival photograph of 1925 shows two of the chandeliers. In the early twentieth century, the chandeliers had the arms removed to appear more ‘modern’.

The photo shows the musicians gallery, classical pilasters and ornate fireplace with mirrored overmantel.

Gas fittings were supplied by the well-known company, Thomas Messenger & Sons of Birmingham.

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