A VICTORIAN CUT-GLASS EIGHT-LIGHT CHANDELIER, CICRA 1880, BY F. & C. OSLER, BIRMINGHAM
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PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

A VICTORIAN CUT-GLASS EIGHT-LIGHT CHANDELIER, CICRA 1880, BY F. & C. OSLER, BIRMINGHAM

Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 GBP

PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN

A VICTORIAN CUT-GLASS EIGHT-LIGHT CHANDELIER, CICRA 1880, BY F. & C. OSLER, BIRMINGHAM

Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 GBP

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Lot Details

Description

Property of a Gentleman

A VICTORIAN CUT-GLASS EIGHT-LIGHT CHANDELIER, CICRA 1880, BY F. & C. OSLER, BIRMINGHAM


stamped F. & C. Osler, Birmingham

approximately 160cm. high, 106cm. wide; 5ft. 3in., 3ft. 5¾in.

Condition Report

In overall excellent conserved condition. Will require re-wiring and installation by a professional. Some lustres and cut glass elements possibly replaced. Generally with very minor chips to glass entirely consistent with age and use. Of superior quality and impressive scale.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."

Cataloguing

Provenance

Acquired from Mallett & Son (Antiques) Ltd.

Catalogue Note

Established in Broad Street, Birmingham, in 1807 by Thomas Osler and William Shakespeare, the business specialised initially in selling drops and spangles for chandeliers. They were joined by Thomas`s son Abraham Follett Osler in 1831, who brought renewed vigour to the business. Although initially they were severely hampered by the high duties payable on glass in England, fortunately in 1845 the duties were repealed owing to pressure from the trade and the firm opened showrooms at 44 Oxford Street, London. By this time Follett had begun making innovative designs and had successfully encouraged his brother to join the firm. He expanded his business into Calcutta sharing showrooms with the silversmiths and jewellers Hamilton and Co. When Ibraham Pacha the ruler of Egypt commissioned four enormous candelabra from Osler for the tomb of the prophet Mahomet at Mecca, the company took the opportunity to display them in their London showroom attracting the attention of such important visitors as Prince Albert, the Duke of Wellington and Sir Robert Peel. By the time of the Great Exhibition in 1851 their reputation was sufficient to secure them a space at the centre of the transept of the great Crystal Palace in which to display their breath-taking and ambitious twenty foot 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.'

STYLE: Private Collections
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