Silverplated Japanesque Gasolier With Longwy Mounts
Mitchell, Vance & Company, New York c. 1879
One of the finest extant Aesthetic gasoliers, this fixture features distinctive pieces of colorful Longwy [pottery]. The rare, square central Longwy tray has a pierced band suspended by diagonal tensile brackets supported by loops that give the chandelier a light-weight, Oriental appearance.
The unique and highly distinctive arms of the four-light fixture feature cast panels inspired by Christopher Dresser. The original gas keys confirm Mitchell Vance as the chandelier’s maker. The gas jets of this rare four-light fixture have never been removed, and all metal parts of the chandelier retain their original silverplated finish.
The fixture has been electrified non-invasively and comes with four matching period crown shades.
Provenance: Installed in a San Francisco residence in 1880.