8 June 2006
THE PROPERTY OF THE LATE LORD LEIGH AND THE STONELEIGH CHATTELS SETTLEMENT
(LOTS 18 - 28)
AN ENGLISH ORMOLU AND CUT-GLASS FOUR-LIGHT COLZA OIL CHANDELIER
BASICALLY EARLY 19TH CENTURY
With circular dished corona hung with needles and droplets and a four chain-link suspension above an oak-leaf wrapped urn reservoir with flaming finial and four bars connected to frosted-glass leaf-shaped shades, the circular rim with acorns, oak leaves and lion's heads, above a fluted dish hung with needles and droplets, fitted for electricity, losses and replacements, the colza oil fitment later, the lion heads stamped 'B', the reservoir stamped 'P'
45 in. (114.5 cm.) high; 24¾ in. (63 cm.) diameter
James Henry Leigh (d. 1823) or his wife the Hon. Mrs Leigh in the early 19th century, for Stoneleigh Abbey, Warwickshire, and by descent.
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'Stoneleigh Abbey, Warwickshire', Country Life, 5 May 1906, p. 636.
C. Aslet, 'Stoneleigh Abbey', Warwickshire; Country Life, 20 December 1984, p. 1938.
An almost identical chandelier, but with slightly different colza oil lamp fittings and glass droplets is illustrated in the 1906 article on Stoneleigh in Country Life. It is possible that the present chandelier is partly that illustrated in The Library in 1906 and the colza oil lamp and glass fittings were changed after 1906.
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