Width: 13" 33cm
The lantern with double ogee diamond cut glass body mounted with gilt bronze arched floral bands, the leopards mask mounted to cut panels supporting three chains suspended from the diamond cut smoke cowl. The quality and design of exceptional workmanship.
William Collins had premises at 227 Strand until 1852. One of his most eminent patrons was the 3rd Duke of Northumberland, for whom he supplied fine bronze glass chandeliers and lanterns, most famously the central lustre in the celebrated glass drawing room at Northumberland House
His enamelled work to lanterns and glassware is also unparalleled in English lighting with possibly the finest example being at the Brighton Pavilion celebrating Admiral Lord Nelson.
The two diamond cut sections to the lantern both have hairline cracks one from the drill hole where the leopard mask is mounted this is not uncommon for a piece of this age, the mount has possibly been over tightened at some point in history causing the crack. All the cracks have been restored with a special glass bond so they will no longer spread and are stable.
Please see page 140 and colour plates 20,21,22,23
The English glass chandelier by Martin Mortimer.