Item of the Month - In Depth

Item Of The Month In Depth, November – A 19th C American Colza Chandelier

This month I would like to focus of this very unusual chandelier, which has an interesting story attached to it.

It was removed from the old chapel in the Chelsea barracks, London, SW1. The chapel is the only building left standing from the original Victorian buildings and has been in the spotlight recently, as the land is currently being redeveloped by the Candy brothers. The chandelier was rescued from the chapel recently and it was thought, that if emergency listed status could not be granted to the chapel, it would have been demolished. The chandelier was reputedly given by an American benefactor, sometime in the early 20th Century. It is made of gilt brass and is of American manufacture, and would originally have been designed as a three light gasolier, later being converted to electricity as with all light fittings of this period. It is unusual in that it is of classical form, but rather than displaying the usual Greek, Roman or Egyptian imagery, this has been substituted with native American faces. It dates to around c.1850-60.

It can be found here