RESTORATION of chandelier in easton neston
A magnificent and rare large rock crystal gilt chandelier in the Louis XV style was completely restored to its former glory by David Malik and Son in 2005.
An open cage form with 48 candles arranged in tiers, alternating with facetted rock crystal finials, and dressed with rock crystal bunches of grapes, pomegranates, pears, pineapples and other fruits. A diameter of 168 cms and height of 225 cms.
The chandelier was originally owned by the Rothschild family and adorned one of their residences. It was later acquired for the 400 year old ancestral home of the Hesketh family at Easton Neston, hanging in the Grand Staircase for nearly 70 years.
This unique chandelier was acquired by our client in 2005 at a furniture sale conducted by Sotherby’s. The restoration was carried out by dismantling and sympathetic cleaning, replacing missing and damaged components, re-gilding and re-wiring with new candles and adding an additional 50 small internal lights, which ingeniously illuminated the beautiful ormolu work and crown.
Easton Neston is a large grade I listed country house in the parish of Easton Neston near Towcester in Northamptonshire, England. It was built by William Fermor, 1st Baron Leominster (1648-1711), in the Baroque style to the design of the architect Nicholas Hawksmoor. Easton Neston is thought to be the only mansion which was solely the work of Hawksmoor. From about 1700, after the completion of Easton Neston, Hawksmoor worked with Sir John Vanbrugh on many buildings, including Castle Howard and Blenheim Palace, and often provided technical knowledge to the less qualified Vanbrugh. Hawksmoor's work was always more classically severe than Vanbrugh's. However, Easton Neston predates this partnership by some six years.