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A PAIR OF REGENCY ORMOLU AND CUT-GLASS TWIN-LIGHT CANDELABRA
Property of a New York Private Collector (Lots 485-499)
A PAIR OF REGENCY ORMOLU AND CUT-GLASS TWIN-LIGHT CANDELABRA

ATTRIBUTED TO JOHN BLADES, CIRCA 1820

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A PAIR OF REGENCY ORMOLU AND CUT-GLASS TWIN-LIGHT CANDELABRA
ATTRIBUTED TO JOHN BLADES, CIRCA 1820
Each with central urn surmounted by a flame finial, issuing J-form candlearms with two tiers of lustre drops, over a spreading stem and circular base, on an ormolu base with paw feet, the ormolu elements numbered
16½ in. (42 cm.) high, 11½ in. (29 cm.) wide (2)
Provenance
with Hyde Park Antiques, New York.

Lot Essay

This stylish pair of candelabra with cascading drops relates to the work of John Blades, 'Cut Glass Manufacturer to His Majesty', whose business was established in 1770. A pair of candelabra with similar faceted diamond-cut bases and a drawing by John Blades dated 1828 upon which they are based are both illustrated in M. Mortimer, The English Chandelier, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2000, pp. 140-141, pl. 84-85. Blades produced an extensive range of candelabra and chandeliers combining finely cut glass drops and classically inspired gilt-bronzes. The extensive size of Blades' business is revealed by a view of his 'upper showroom' designed in 1823 and illustrated in Ackermann's The Repository of Arts in 1809 (reproduced in M. Mortimer, op. cit., end papers).
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