Pair of small cut glass Ceiling Bowls with classical gilt mounts

Pair of small cut glass Ceiling Bowls with classical gilt mounts

Pair of small cut glass Ceiling Bowls with classical gilt mounts

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Pair of small cut glass Ceiling Bowls with classical gilt mounts:
the bowl cross-cut with flat diamond shapes and a star-cut centre; the mount with egg-and-dart frieze and three arched struts to top leafy plate. The shade removable for cleaning. English, probably by Osler, circa 1920.

gilded, gilt

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

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.

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