English Regency Cut Glass and Gilt Bronze Chandelier by Blades

9663 A rare Regency cut glass and gilt bronze eight arm waterfall chandelier attributed to John Blades, the corona top hung with icicle drops and supporting graduated diamond rosette chains, the gilt bronze arms finely chased and with basket pendants, the lower tiers hung with a guard tier of rule drops with icicle drops to the inner tiers and with a faceted ball pendant.

 

English, John Blades of Ludgate Hill, London

1820

 

Height: 109 cms (43 ins)

Diameter: 74.5 cms (29.25 ins)                               

£22,000

 

John Blades was first mentioned in the London Guide 1783, registered at 5 Ludgate Hill, remaining there when until his death in 1829 when the business was continued by his sons until 1857.

Known for his very high quality gilt bronze metalwork and superbly cut, facetted drops, Blades had a close relationship with the architect JB Papworth, probably working as a lighting designer. A well known illustration of the Blades showrooms, designed by Papworth in 1823, is shown in Ackerman’s Depository of the Arts and clearly shows the extensive range of glassware on offer.

A fascinating drawing exists for a larger, 10 or 12 arm chandelier clearly showing the structure of the Blades frames, as well as the mini-basket under each arm. Signed by John Blades, 1828.

For more information on Blades and all aspects of English chandeliers; Martin Mortimer, The English Glass Chandelier, Antique Collectors Club, 2000         

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9663 A rare Regency cut glass and gilt bronze eight arm waterfall chandelier attributed to John Blades, the corona top hung with icicle drops and supporting graduated diamond rosette chains, the gilt bronze arms finely chased and with basket pendants, the lower tiers hung with a guard tier of rule drops with icicle drops to the inner tiers and with a faceted ball pendant.

 

English, John Blades of Ludgate Hill, London

1820

 

Height: 109 cms (43 ins)

Diameter: 74.5 cms (29.25 ins)                                    £22,000

English Regency Cut Glass and Gilt Bronze Chandelier by Blades