A George IV gilt brass eight branch chandelier possibly by Hancock and Rixon
Lot 137
A George IV gilt brass eight branch chandelier possibly by Hancock and Rixon
Sold for £39,650 (US$ 63,454) inc. premium

Lot Details
A George IV gilt brass eight branch chandelier possibly by Hancock and Rixon
A George IV gilt brass eight branch chandelier
possibly by Hancock and Rixon
the acanthus-cast corona flanked by pierced scroll brackets above a short baluster section cast with rococo foliage and flowers and with three winged cherub busts mounts below, the central stem with a gadrooned collar and four dragons, the leaf and flower cast branches entwined with dragons and terminating in alternating solid and pierced leafy sconces, the rocaille lower section applied with brackets and swags above a pendant shell-encrusted finial, 87cm wide, 104cm high (34" wide, 40.5" high)

Footnotes

  • The chandelier offered here relates in design and manufacture to that presumed to have made for either George, 1st Duke or George, 2nd Duke of Stafford for Stafford House, London particularly in the putti terms under the corona and the large double pendant finial. The Stafford House chandelier was sold with Stafford House to William Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme in 1912 and sold Sotheby's contents sale of Thornton Manor, 26-28 June 2001, lot 168.

    Hancock and Rixon were an important firm specializing in candelabras, gilt-metal torheres and candle sticks. Recorded as operating at the beginning of the 19 century, by 1838 the firm was known as Hancock, Rixon and Daunt. Located at 1 Cockspur street, the firm were described as "glass manufacturers, and purveyors of elegant lamps, lustres, desert sets and travelling chests" they had supplied chandeliers to the most distinguished of households including one, four light gold coloured antique lamp for St. James palace on the 29 June 1833 at a cost of £12. This coupled with an order for four large chandeliers for Windsor Castle, established the firm as one of the leading purveyors of lighting to the social elite. In regency London, nearly everything was for available to hire and it is interesting to note that the firm were involved in the renting of fine and decorative candelabras and chandeliers to those wealthy enough to entertain on a grand scale with Hancock and Rixon employing craftsmen to install and after use, dismantle the lights.
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