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Chandelier

Chandelier

  • Place of origin:

    England (possibly, made)
    France (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1820-1840 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gilt bronze.

  • Museum number:

    M.93-1987

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

For four lights, three of which are on the branches and one is in the centre above the body. The body has short straight sides with a domed cover and base, it has plain burnished surfaces. The central candle socket on the cover is of Medici form, matt gilded and chased with rosettes and anchors suspended from a bay wreath. The foot is chased with a diagonal motif aaround the rim. It appears to have a mark 'J' on the underside. The pendant finial is modelled as a stylized pine cone and there is a calyx applied to the base of the body of stylised foliage. The sections of the body of the chandelier are assembled on a steel rod.

Branches modelled as swans with arched necks and outstretched wings gripping the drip pans in their beaks. The drip pans are chased with foliage and each has a pendant berry finial. The candle sockets are vase shaped and chased with repeating diagonal ornament. There is an additional modern section added to each socket to contain the electrical fittings, it is of flaring form and has a similar diangonal chased motif around the sides.

The chandelier is suspended by chains of two different designs, hung from a corona in the form of a dish with a central pendant.
It has been adapted and restored when converted to electricity in the twentieth century.

Place of Origin

England (possibly, made)
France (possibly, made)

Date

1820-1840 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gilt bronze.

Dimensions

Height: 23.5 cm Without chains or corona, Width: 43 cm

Descriptive line

Gilt bronze chandelier, English or French, 1820-40.

Production Note

Either English or French

Materials

Bronze; Ormolu

Techniques

Casting; Chasing; Amalgam gilding

Subjects depicted

Rosettes; Foliage; Swans; Wreath; Anchors

Categories

Lighting; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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