Irish 18th C style cut-glass eight light ‘Star’ Chandelier by Osler

Irish 18th C style cut-glass eight light ‘Star’ Chandelier by Osler

Irish 18th C style cut-glass eight light ‘Star’ Chandelier by Osler

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Irish 18th C style cut-glass eight light ‘Star’ Chandelier by Osler:
the baluster stem with shallow diamond cut central urn and body; with scallop-edged candle-pans, and canopy dishes; dressed with large facet-cut pear-shaped pendants and unusual large outside stars. Marked Osler & Co. of Birmingham, circa 1900, and restored.

Height:40"-101.5cm
Width:34"-88.0cm

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.

Osler & Co. (F & C)

Founded in Birmingham, England, in 1807, F & C Osler produced some of the most magnificent and imaginative items ever to come from a glass manufacturer. Thomas Osler, his sons, Follett and Clarkson, and after 1831, his nephew Abraham, were known for their exquisitely cut glass, often combined with fine gilded-metal mounts and framework, produced by their own craftsmen. From about 1840, they had established good contacts with the Middle East and had a gallery in Calcutta, India. Osler made an extravagant cut glass fountain for the centre of The Great Exhibition in 1851. They continued making chandeliers of the highest quality until well into the 20th century. In 1924, they took over the well-known lighting manufacturer Faraday Ltd. and went on producing light fittings until the 1970s.

baluster

A term used to describe the stems of chandeliers, meaning shaped like a balustrade; curvaceous, with a series of urns.

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