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Regency Eight-Light Chandelier
c. 1825 England
Offered by Thomas Coulborn & Sons
For similar examples of John Blade’s chandeliers see Martin Mortimer, 'The English Glass Chandelier' (Antique Collectors’ Club, 2000), Chapter Eleven, plates 80 and 81.
John Blades (1751-1829): The business name ‘John Blades’ first appears in the 'London Guide' for 1783 at 5 Ludgate Hill, the premises at which John Blades established his chandelier and glass show room. Blades soon became world renowned for the quality and intricacy of his glass design. Blades was perhaps unique in his field, as he retained the services of a designer. Working in collaboration, J.B Papworth, the architect, designed aspects of his chandeliers, as well as designing Blades’ extensive show rooms in 1823. The company expanded, and business increased as a result of the cessation of hostilities with France and an expansion into the Indian market. Blades developed such a reputation for himself, that he became cut-glass maker to King George III and was commissioned to create a great glass Gothic tomb for the Nabob of Oudh. One of the defining aspects of Blades chandeliers are the long oblong drops, designed by Papworth and described as being: ‘full of prismatic beauty’. Blades remained at his address in Ludgate Hill until his death in 1829.
|Height||106.50 cm||(41.93 inches)|
|Width||68.50 cm||(26.97 inches)|
Thomas Coulborn & Sons
64 Birmingham Road
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