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A work made of lead glass, iron, and brass.
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  • A work made of lead glass, iron, and brass.


c. 1750


Attributed to Colebron Hancock (English, active 18th century)

About this artwork

Made in England around 1760, this is a rare and relatively early example of a facet-cut lead-glass chandelier. Lead glass, also called lead “crystal,” had been developed in the late 1680s and was prized for its heft, brightness, and clarity—qualities that made it strikingly similar to precious rock crystal, or colorless diamonds. Of particular importance was the ability of lead glass to be cut without shattering. Cut decoration on English glass first appeared in the 1720s, and chandeliers made of facet-cut lead glass became fashionable around the middle of the eighteenth century. Glass chandeliers were not only among the most expensive furnishings of an elite interior—they were also quite expensive to light. The cost of candles for an evening could be equal to several weeks’ wages for a glassworker.


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Applied Arts of Europe




England (Object made in)

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c. 1745–1755


Lead glass, iron, and brass


101.6 × 96.5 cm (40 × 38 in.)

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Neville and John H. Bryan Endowment Fund; Richard T. Crane Jr. Memorial Fund; Mary Waller Langhorne, Bessie Bennett, and Wendel Fentress Ott endowment funds

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