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F. & C. Osler Attributed Cut Crystal and Ormolu Frame Epergne


 F. & C. Osler attributed cut crystal and ormolu frame epergne, England, circa 1870-80.

The finely cast ormolu epergne is raised on five leopard paw feet supporting a reverse cut mirrored plateau, from which a central rod rises with two rows of bracket arms that hold flat diamond cut posey vases with scalloped rims.  The original bead chains that hang gracefully from the upper bracket arms to the lower are intact.

One of the posey vases has a small chip.

20 1/4” (51.4cm) high, 11 1/2” (29.2cm) diameter.



The Osler firm was founded in 1807 by Thomas Osler, producing glass ornaments and chandelier parts.  In 1831 his sons Follett and Clarkson had assumed control of the company and grew substantially in luxury cut glass wares.  As early as 1840 F. & C. Osler started retailing luxury chandeliers in Calcutta, being represented by another agent, before opening their own store in 1843.  In 1845 they opened a showroom at Oxford St., London.  In 1851 F. & C. Osler provided the 27’ tall central fountain in the Crystal Palace at the Great Exhibition in London.  From the 1840s into the 1920s the firm produced chandeliers, candelabras, fountains and large scale furniture for notable customers such as Queen Victoria, and several Indian Rajas and Maharajas.