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4-Light East lake Gas Chandelier

Item Code: 1503g
Item Price: SOLD, If Interested in this light we can find something similar for you.

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  • Circa 1885
  • Transfer etched Gas Shades with pressed hoop patterns
  • Overall : 37 1/2" drop x 27" diameter
  • Shades : 3 3/4" depth x 7 1/2" diameter x 3 1/4" fitter
  • Lights can be adjusted if desired

This restored antique 1880's Eastlake Satsuma Gas Chandelier is in excellent used original condition. The fixture may be attributed to the pre-eminent American Anglo-Japanese gas lighting manufacturer Thackera, Buck and Company, circa 1881 or Thackera, Sons and Company, 1882, both of Philadelphia. The chandelier is constructed primarily from polished yellow brass spun bodies; round, square and twisted square brass tubing and decorative bronze castings. It is finished in its original contrasting two-tone polychrome yellow-tinted clear lacquer on the polished brass and clear lacquer on the polished bronze castings.

A real conversation piece of special note are the three carefully sculpted dragonfly bronze castings applied to the lower half body that appear to fly around the bottom finial...each a fine piece of original artwork by a dedicated 19th century artist.

The original iron gas pipe is sheathed in several lengths of brass tubing and decorative spun brass breaks including a small scalloped crown. A series of four flat bent brass straps attach to a small machined brass ring on the vertical stem and to each square tubing arm with decorative bronze castings designed in the Eastlake style to form an openwork cage to surround the painted Satsuma brush pot porcelain insert. Each strap is attached to the upper ring with half of a stylized Anglo-Japanese sacred chrysanthemum bloom and to the arm with a geometric three-leaf ornament. A flat thin bronze fin casting modeled in the Eastlake style attaches to each flat strap. All of these smooth, thin, flat castings are engraved with low relief recessed art in the Eastlake manner.

The Satsuma brush pot ceramic insert is held in place on the center stem by a pair of spun brass bodies. The ivory or cream-colored glazed ceramic body is delicately decorated with a colorful hand- painted raised floral border, two different types of blooming flowers and circling bi-colored butterflies. The painted and glazed Satsuma cylinder is reminiscent of the Eastlake Aesthetic period artwork adapted from oriental gift wrapping paper. It is carefully painted in red, pink, orange, blue, turquoise, yellow and green colors and signed with an oriental signature in red.

The fixture has been polished and lacquered at some point and the slightly tarnished patina developing beneath the existing finish attests to the fixture's 120-year old history and antique character.

This incredibly lovely antique gas chandelier is a classic example of fine American hand-craftmanship

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