Val St. Lambert Cranberry Glass Bell Jar


French 19th Century Val St. Lambert cranberry glass bell jar lantern. Bell jar lanterns first reached popularity in colonial India and due to their lingering popularity, production has continued to the present. The glass disk at the top was originally to catch smoke from candles or oil, and in the electric era has remained as a purely decorative element. This antique lantern is marked Val St. Lambert and has late Victorian era metalwork. The cranberry red blown glass is suspended by three beak like hooks on an ornate band. The bottom of the lantern is finished with a bronze finial. It has a three light cluster in the center that was added when initially electrified sometime in the 20th Century. Metals are finished in a dark bronze. Complete with canopy and hanging hardware.