“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
― Albert Einstein
Lindsey Wixson by Athony Maule for V #97 Fall 2015
“It’s always nice being fancied. It’s always nice being wanted. Even it it’s by the wrong person.”
― Tabitha Suzuma, Forbidden
A magnificent cut glass and parcel-gilt chandelier by F & C Osler
English, c. 1870
“If I’m honest I have to tell you I still read fairy-tales and I like them best of all.”
― Audrey Hepburn
Isabel Zapardiez 2012
“But this was fancy; she was succumbing to fancy in a way she hadn’t done before.”
― Gregory Maguire, A Lion Among Men
Giambattista Valli haute couture s/s 2016 backstage
The firm of Osler was established in 1807 by Thomas Osler. It started by producing glass ornaments for chandeliers in Birmingham. In 1831, Osler’s sons, Follett and Clarkson took over the firm relocating and reorganizing it to eventually open their own glass factory in 1852 named ‘F & C Osler’. In response to the growing market for luxury goods and competition with the French glass industry, the firm expanded quickly. Commissions for very important figures such as Queen Victoria, Ibrahim Pasha and the ruler of Nepal were taken on and prompted Osler to produce a monumental Crystal Fountain for the 1851 Great Exhibition, placed at the center of the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park.
By the middle of the Century, they had outlets in India and supplied a number of Maharajahs.
This fine chandelier is an example of the very high quality of their output. It represents an epoch of luxury and grandeur recognized throughout the world and in terms of glassware has hardly been surpassed since.
“I dream with my eyes open.”
― Jules Verne, Journey to the Center of the Earth
“When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.”
― Albert Einstein