Spencer House

  • Posted on 23rd August 2016 by Lucy
    This September brings incredibly exciting times for Penhaligon's. Not long now until we reveal all. We are now in the throws of final preparations and last week we found ourselves in the splendour of Spencer House. A breathtaking eighteenth-century aristocratic private palace in London, overlooking Green Park. If you have a chance to visit we highly recommend a guided tour, available every Sunday.
    Here are some little gems we thought you’d like…

    The Regency chandelier made by John Blades, referred to as "the great glass man of Ludgate-hill", dates back to 1815. The chandelier in the Dining Room is made of faceted glass and gilt metal with original storm shades. It comes from the Palace of Satra, Maharashtra, India. Blades, later Blades & Jones, were the leading manufacturers of glass chandeliers in the early nineteenth century.

    They produced much for the eastern market, including diplomatic gifts from George III to the Sultan of Turkey, Nizam of Hyderabad and Homerjee Bomanjee of Bombay, and this chandelier is thought to have been of the latter gift as Bombay is the capital of Maharashtra.

    The pair of giltwood pier tables in the Dining Room were designed by William Chambers (1723-1796) and made by Robert Ansell in 1773. They are veneered with alabaster tops above a fluted frieze centred with a shell flanked by swags of foliage. The V&A currently showcases the giltwood pier tables, see here.

    The pair of pier glasses above the tables are from the late 18th century and were designed by John Yenn and made by Sefferin Alken.

    The frames are carved with guilloche and enclosing in the upper section a mirror plate with applied neo-classical carving centred by an urn with anthemion cresting flanked by swags of husk and drapery above scrolls of foliage. The tables and the pier glasses were made for the Grand Cabinet at Blenheim Palace. They are on loan from the Rothschild Foundation to Spencer House.

    Photos Courtesy of  Spencer House Limited

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