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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1988M160
Collection:Applied Art - Glass
Date:1882 - 1882

Maker Information

Manufacturer:F & C Osler (Ltd) - View history


This 'What-Not' was purchased for the Palace of Mysore, India. A similar version dated September 1882 is drawn in a volume of Osler's glass furniture designs, in the Museum archives. Osler had a showroom in Calcutta, India. They sold to the British community in India and made pieces to order for Indian palaces and temples. Palaces could be equipped with whole suites of cut glass furniture, including chairs, sofas, thrones, tables, clocks, lamps, staircase balusters, wall lights and standing chandeliers.

Purchased with grant aid from the Friends of Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, and the MGC/VandA Purchase Grant Fund, and the National Art Collections Fund

Further Information

Medium:Lead crystal, press moulded cut and etched mirror glass, with electroplated brass.
Place of Origin:Birmingham, England


Height:945 mm
Width:800 mm
Depth:470 mm