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Chandelier

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In the 1790s English glass chandeliers adopted a new “tent,” or tapering, form made up entirely of linked glass drops. As on this example, the drops increase in size as the tent falls and spreads, so that there are no voids. All the drops and pendants on these chandeliers were lapidary cut,...

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Provenance

2005, Apter-Fredericks, Ltd., London [see note 1]; 2005, sold by Apter-Fredericks to the MFA. (Accession Date: Febuary 23, 2005) NOTES: [1] According to a representative of Apter-Fredericks, the chandelier was acquired through a chandelier specialist in England, and had probably never been outside the country.

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds by exchange from a Gift of Doctors Elliott P. Joslin, Allen P. Joslin, and Priscilla White, Bequest of Charles Cobb Walker and with funds donated by Horace Wood Brock

English (London), about 1810

Dimensions

Overall: 109 x 68 cm (42 15/16 x 26 3/4 in.) Mount (3/16" thick stainless steel chain ): 274.4 x 0.5 cm (9 ft., 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

2005.94

Medium or Technique

Glass and gilt bronze

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Glass