• The Sunday Sale - The Collecti auction at Christies

    Sale 5934

    The Sunday Sale - The Collection of the Late Christopher Wood

    8 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 161

    A PAIR OF VICTORIAN GOTHIC REVIVAL WROUGHT-IRON AND BRASS FIVE-LIGHT CHANDELIERS

    DESIGNED BY A. W. N. PUGIN FOR J. HARDMAN & CO. PROBABLY UNDER THE DIRECTION OF P. C. HARDWICK, CIRCA 1850

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF VICTORIAN GOTHIC REVIVAL WROUGHT-IRON AND BRASS FIVE-LIGHT CHANDELIERS
    DESIGNED BY A. W. N. PUGIN FOR J. HARDMAN & CO. PROBABLY UNDER THE DIRECTION OF P. C. HARDWICK, CIRCA 1850
    Each with scrolling branches and stylised lily-flower coronas joined by a crenelated circular band of moulded brass, punctuated by clear glass cabouchons
    75¼ in. (191 cm.) high; 49 in. (125 cm.) diameter (2)


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    In 1846, A. W. N. Pugin (d.1852) commenced work on interior details for Adare Manor, Co Limerick, Ireland for the 2nd Earl of Dunraven (d.1850). This included the hall ceiling, the staircase and plans for the dining-room, library and terrace. Pugin's work was never fully executed but many of his chimney pieces and interior detailing were complete by 1850. The 3rd Earl turned to P. C. Hardwick to complete the house in the Pugin manner from 1850-1862. Hardwick made frequent use of Pugin's drawings for panelling and decorative detailing.
    The chandeliers, with their lily-flowered coronas can be compared to Pugin's medieval lamp designs issued in the 1846 catalogue of Messers Hardman & Co. of Birmingham. Related chandeliers were designed by Pugin for the New Palace of Westminster and for the Duke of Devonshire, while another was among Hardman's exhbits at the 1851 London Exhibition (see P. Atterbury and C. Wainwright, Pugin, 1994, pls. 415, 432 and 447.).
    This pair of chandeliers formed a suite of lighting in the Great Hall at Adare Manor. It comprised of a large ten light, two tier chandelier and two pairs of five light chandeliers, all mounted with glass cabachons.

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    Provenance

    Supplied to Edward Richard Windham, 3rd Earl of Dunraven (1812-1871) for Adare Manor, Adare, Co. Limerick, Ireland.
    The Earl and Countess of Dunraven, Adare Manor, Adare, Co. Limerick, Ireland, Christie's House Sale, 9-10 June 1982, lot 760.