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    Sale 7727

    Important English Furniture and Clocks

    4 June 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 88

    A REGENCY ORMOLU-MOUNTED AND POLYCHROME-DECORATED FROSTED-GLASS HANGING LIGHT

    BY WILLIAM COLLINS, 1814

    Price Realised  

    A REGENCY ORMOLU-MOUNTED AND POLYCHROME-DECORATED FROSTED-GLASS HANGING LIGHT
    BY WILLIAM COLLINS, 1814
    The corona with applied hunting horns, pairs of foxes and anthemia, the bulbous bowl depicting a fox pursued through fields by hounds and huntsmen, formerly signed W.Collins, 1814, and with an anthemion and greek key band and foliate pendant, damages, the glass cracked, decoration worn and the signature now lacking
    15 in. (38 cm.) high; 21½ in. (55 cm.) diameter


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    Although now apparently lacking a signature, this dish-light is the earliest recorded work of the light-manufacturer William Collins of 227, The Strand (fl.1808-1852) who is best known for his work at Northumberland House for the Duke of Northumberland, a commission which spanned seventeen years. Among the self-descriptions used on papers in the Northumberland archive is one from 1822: 'Glass Enameller Glass Manufacturer to the King and to the Royal Family' which presumably refers to the technique used here. He is also known to have supplied fittings to Bath House, Piccadilly, and a pair of torcheres from that commission, signed and dated 1823, are now in the Bowes Museum, Co. Durham.

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    Provenance

    Edward Medlicott, Esq., Sacombe Park, Hertfordshire; Christie's house sale, 11 October, 1993, lot 138.
    Sir Paul Getty, K.B.E. and by descent.