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A FINE CHANDELIER, FROM THE BALTIC EXCHANGE, LONDON, CIRCA 1903

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A FINE CHANDELIER, FROM THE BALTIC EXCHANGE, LONDON, CIRCA 1903

A FINE CHANDELIER, FROM THE BALTIC EXCHANGE, LONDON, CIRCA 1903

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A FINE CHANDELIER, FROM THE BALTIC EXCHANGE, LONDON, CIRCA 1903 gilt-bronze and patinated metal, the rope twist stem supporting a four-bladed anchor, the shaped bowl hung by chains from four seahorses flanked by seaweed motifs, above a lower octopus finial; together with H. Barty-King, The Baltic Exchange: Baltic Coffee House to Baltic Exchange 1744-1994, London, 1994 157 in. (400 cm.) high approx.; 40 in. (102 cm.) diameter; bowl 27.1/2 in. (75 cm.) high
Provenance
The Exchange Hall, Baltic Exchange, London.
Literature
Examples illustrated:
H. Barty-King, Baltic Exchange, 1744-1994: Baltic Coffee House to Baltic Exchange, London, 1994, cover and throughout.
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Lot Essay

This extraordinary chandelier was one of a limited number produced for the centrepiece of the Baltic Exchange, the Exchange Hall. The Baltic Exchange was, and remains today, central to the global maritime marketplace, being an international community of over 550 members, encompassing the majority of world shipping interests. These chandeliers were designed for their new building in the City of London at 30 St Mary Axe which was designed by Smith and Wimble and completed by George Trollope & Sons in 1903. The hall survived intact and fully functioning until bomb damage in 1992 extensively damaged the fabric of the building, to such an extent that it was demolished, making way for Norman Foster and Arup engineers' contemporary building commonly known as the 'Gherkin'. Imposing in scale and concept, the maritime setting of the chandelier is articulated in its Art Nouveau influenced design.




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