Six-branch gilt ‘Boule de Gui’ or Bunch of Mistletoe Chandelier

Six-branch gilt ‘Boule de Gui’ or Bunch of Mistletoe Chandelier

Six-branch gilt ‘Boule de Gui’ or Bunch of Mistletoe Chandelier

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Six-branch gilt ‘Boule de Gui’ or Bunch of Mistletoe Chandelier:
with overhanging candle branches and opaline glass ‘berries’; originally for gas, now wired for electricity. Circa 1890 and restored.

Height:17"-44.5cm
Width:24"-61.0cm
Glossary Words

gilded, gilt

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

opaline

Fine semi-opaque, white and coloured glass, developed by the French in the first half of the 19th century, with a translucent quality.

gasolier

Light-fitting made for gas. Gas was used in street lighting and most large town houses by the mid-19th century. Expensive fittings were made to appeal to weathier consumers and some chandelier makers like Osler produced cut-glass Gasoliers. Chandeliers also continued to be used with candles and oil, as when gas was very impure it could smell unpleasant and be dangerous. Some chandeliers were adapted into gasoliers.

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