Chandelier (Gaselier)

Object Name: 
Chandelier (Gaselier)

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Object Name: 
Chandelier (Gaselier)
Accession Number: 
H: 97.9 cm, W: 71 cm, D(apx.): 70 cm
Not on Display
about 1880-1900
Credit Line: 
Gift of The New Bedford Glass Society
Primary Description: 
Colorless lead glass, white metal parts; blown shades, mold-blown central shaft and other parts, cast, cut and polished prisms. Multi-part chandelier hangs from a central metal shaft with three twisted glass arms ending in pressed glass saucer-like ribbed bobeches below gas burners. A long metal shaft, three shorter pieces, a metal coupling and a trumpet-like section all fit below the central frame and assemble with five glass parts strung along the lower metal shaft; all are pillar-molded with tooled rims and ground and polished apertures for shaft; from top, parts are a trumpet shaped section, a long baluster section ending in a flaring mouth at top, a shorter broader trumpet at base of baluster, an umbrella shaped dome which has a neck and collar at top center and a spearpoint attached to a metal screw shaft for the bottom of the ensemble; "umbrella" and long baluster both have holes around rim to attach prisms. Three square shades are blown and tooled into a four-sided pyramidal shape, open at top and bottom, and engraved with pattern of flowers and circles. All three are slightly different in appearance: "A" and "B" are grayish in color and have applied red and blue beads on circles and flower centers, but engraved design differs slightly and "A" has nearly complete bead design, "B" is missing most of them. "C" is more colorless, engraving differs slightly and has no beads. Prisms have flat shafts and are cut into a point joined to shaft by a neck and attached by wires to a square "jewel" at top. There are three multi-part prisms which hang the length of the chandelier and fifty-eight shorter ones to hang around sockets and from central "umbrella".
New Bedford Glass Society, Source