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Description:

A Very Fine and Large English 19th Century Porcelain, Ormolu and Silvered Bronze Six Light Gasolier Chandelier Messenger & Sons, Birmingham, England (now electrified). The impressive suspending frame with six scrolling foliate-cast rods in a two-tone finish with silvered and gilt-bronze mounts in the form of flowers, the center bowl-shaped body surmounted by a baluster three-handled vase with figures of Putti, all issuing six straight arms, each with its original hurricane glass shades. Circa: Birmingham, England 1860.

Height: 64 inches (163 cm)
Width: 36 inches (91.5 cm)

Ref.: A1717


 

Messenger & Sons, Birmingham, England

The firm of Messenger & Sons were founded by Thomas Messenger in the early 1810's originally as a maker of fine furniture mounts. However by the 1830's Messenger went into business with his Sons to produce fine and highly crafted chandeliers, lamps and candelabra in brass and ormolu. Based in Birmingham, the company had premises on 15-16 Broad Street, in the heart of the Birmingham bronze and plate industry. The firm quickly grew gaining a reputation for producing outstanding original and highly decorative designs manufactured to the highest standards. This was evidenced by the firm's expansion in 1860 to include new premises in No. 19-20 on Broad Street and 73 Hatton Garden, London. However the company operated on an exclusive level largely relying on recommendation for the promotion of the business. Their numerous clients included the 4th Duke of Newcastle who commissioned three pairs of antique style lamps in 1838 (One of which sold at Christie's London, 29 November 1984, lot 91), following a visit the Messenger & Sons factory in Birmingham. The firm gained further recognition when they exhibited a number of chandeliers in the Great Exhibition of 1851, and again in the international exhibition of 1862. The businesss continued to flourish well into the following century when they finally ceased trading during the 1930s.

The Design

Messenger & Sons worked from a set of design books in which items were drawn and illustrated by hand very often in colour. (National Archives- Design Registers, UK).

Literature:

Jonathan Meyer 'Great Exhibitions: London-New York- Paris-Philadelphia 1851-1900'. Antique Collectors Club, Suffolk.
J.B.Waring 'Masterpieces of Industrial Art and Sculpture 1862'
The National Archives- Design Register.

 



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