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Very large cut-glass and parcel-gilt antique English chandelier by F. & C. Osler

$655,259.01

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This exceptional, handcrafted antique chandelier is a truly magnificent work of art. Unusual for its large size and beautiful design, the antique chandelier is an excellent example of British glass maker F. C. Osler's prestigious work. The chandelier's central basket is hung with faceted drops; from the centre of the chandelier issue four tiers of sixty-four lights on scroll branches with gilt etched 'hurricane' shades. The chandelier hangs from a central baluster, and is breathtaking for its impressive beauty and scale. The glassmaking firm of F. & C. Osler was founded in 1807 by Thomas Osler. Osler established his firm in Birmingham, which began by producing glass ornaments for chandeliers. In 1831 Osler's sons, Follett and Clarkson, took over the firm. The pair relocated and reorganised the business, eventually renaming it 'F. & C. Osler & Co.' in 1852. In response to the growing market for luxury goods and competition with the French glass industry, the firm expanded quickly. By the mid-19th Century, F. & C. Osler & Co. were widely acknowledged to be the preeminent makers of exceptional glass chandeliers. The company’s high quality, luxurious products were popular with aristocratic Europeans and Indian royalty. Commissions for important figures such as Queen Victoria, Ibrahim Pasha and the ruler of Nepal were taken on. Indeed, by the middle of the century, F. & C. Osler & Co. had outlets in India and were supplying fine glassworks to a number of distinguished Maharajahs. The international success enjoyed by the F. & C. Osler & Co. prompted the firm to begin producing exceptional glass ‘exhibition pieces’. The most famous of these was the monumental four tonne cut-glass Crystal Fountain for the 1851 Great Exhibition in London, which was placed at the centre of the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park. In the 1870s and 1880s, the firm successfully invented novel and complex glass-cutting techniques. F. & C. Osler & Co. glass production represents an epoch of luxury and grandeur which has hardly been surpassed; these high quality works still have the capacity to inspire awe in their viewers and are as beautiful today as when they were first cut.

Details

  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 122.05 in. (310 cm)Width: 77.96 in. (198 cm)Depth: 77.96 in. (198 cm)
  • Style
    Belle Époque (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
    EtchedGlass,Gilt
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    c.1870
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: N-00381stDibs: LU95631975832

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    Ships From: London, United Kingdom
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

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About the Seller
4.9 / 5
Located in London, United Kingdom
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Established in 1975
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158 sales on 1stDibs
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Associations
The British Antique Dealers' AssociationInternational Confederation of Art and Antique Dealers' Associations
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