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A LATE VICTORIAN CUT-GLASS TWENTY-FOUR LIGHT CHANDELIER, ATTRIBUTED TO F & C OSLER

A LATE VICTORIAN CUT-GLASS TWENTY-FOUR LIGHT CHANDELIER, ATTRIBUTED TO F & C OSLER

Item Description:

late 19th Century



the four-tiered central stem comprised of cut-glass pendant hung canopies with long slim lozenge-shaped reserves, the armature hung with strands of alternating oblong and octagonal facetted drops, above an inverted dome-shaped bowl issuing two layers of twenty-four scrolling s-shaped branches supporting hurricane shades, each etched with a leaf pattern, the bowl hung with further elongated reserves



Height 78 1/2 in. (199.4 cm.)



The firm of F & C Osler was established in Broad Street, Birmingham, in 1807 by Thomas Osler and William Shakespeare. The Osler business started out by selling the facetted drops and cut-glass spangles for chandeliers, but soon they expanded into chandelier designs, making lights to order. The business in England initially suffered from the duties payable on glass, but fortuitously, in 1845 the duties were repealed, and the firm opened showrooms at 44 Oxford Street, London. They expanded their business into Kolkata a year earlier, sharing showrooms with the silversmiths and jewellers Hamilton and Company. The company's business flourished in India with commissions from several royal families and well-known industrialists.



Ibraham Pacha, the ruler of Egypt commissioned four monumental candelabra from Osler for the tomb of the prophet Mahomet at Mecca, which were exhibited in their London showroom before shipment. This commission attracted the attention of royalty worldwide, and began the love affair that Indian nobility had with Osler cut-glass for over seventy years. In the Great Exhibition of 1851, Osler secured the central space of the main hall at Crystal Palace where they displayed a monumental twenty-feet high crystal fountain. A few years later, the Art Journal noted, `No other producer attempts to compete with them in large pieces; in these they stand alone and have done so for upwards of a quarter of a century. But they do not rest their fame solely on the purity of their glass: they obtain the aid of a high order, and their designs are invariably of great excellence.'



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₹ 1,500,000.00 ( Low est. )

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