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Lustre

This object is known as a lustre. Popular in the 19th century they adorned the mantles, sideboards and tables of wealthier households. Lustres are glass candlesticks with a decorated bowl hung with glass prisms which is where the candle sat. The prisms were generally hung in one or two layers and were to reflect more light from the candles. Lustres were made in pairs and produced in both colour and clear glass with red being the most popular colour. Many had cut glass decoration but this one has painted decoration and is hung with a double layer of prisms.