SILVERPLATED JAPONESQUE 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.
Cast and spun brass with silverplated finish. Pottery mounts with colorful fired glaze finish.
Original with original silverplated finish and original gas jets. Age crack to central platter.
SIZE: 58” h x 43” square
PRICE: On request.
CALL NUMBER: 258-II-LF