Regency Chandelier, England, c. 1820

8-branches chandelier

England, Regency, around 1820

Description:

8-branches chandelier in cut crystal with candle holders. The branches are grafted onto a support structure in gilded brass with multiple levels in which there are the lodgings for the glasses of the arms. The brass structure supports a cascade of cut crystals on four levels. The central brass stick ends with a cut glass cup from which crystals hang and from which the chains with gem crystals alternating with cut sticks start. The electrical support was added in the early 1900s to the central pivot without affecting the original chandelier.

Dimensions: h 77 cm, diameter 77 cm ( 30,3 x 30,3 in )

Historical-stylistic analysis:

It is one of the most popular chandelier models in the Regency era; they can be found both with the bronze arms and in this version with the arms in a single piece of cut glass, with only the glass in bronze. The most important examples, even if of completely different dimensions, are well testified by Charles Wild’s watercolors of the interiors of Carlton House made in the first decades of the nineteenth century.

Bibliography:

– Hugh Roberts, For the King’s pleasur, ed. Royal Collection Enterprises Ltd 2001.

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