Gilded and black bronze six branch colza oil Dish Light

Gilded and black bronze six branch colza oil Dish Light

Gilded and black bronze six branch colza oil Dish Light

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Gilded and black bronze six branch colza oil Dish Light:
with foliate branches, anthemion ornaments and handsome leaf-and-bud finial; suspended on six decorative gilded chains from top corona; marked F&S for Faraday & Sons, the Birmingham firm mentioned in the 1851 Great Exhibition Catalogue.
Circa 1840, restored and supplied with frosted glass shades.

Height:39"-99.0cm
Width:36"-92.0cm

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.

Faraday & Co.

Founded by Robert Faraday, older brother of famous English scientist Michael Faraday, the English company Faraday & Son. Ltd. specialised in metal period reproductions of lighting. Their factory was in Birmingham with a showroom in Wardour Street, London. A common design of theirs was a scrolling Louis Philippe style chandelier with spherical glass pendants. They were mentioned in the catalogue of The Great Exhibition of 1851 and amalgamated with Osler & Co. in 1919.

anthemion

A palmette motif in the form of a stylised honeysuckle, found on classical Greek buildings such as the Erechtheum, in Athens, and often used as part of neo-classical decoration.

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