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Dominic Commane Studio

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Historical and Antique Lighting Restoration

Dominic offers a highly specialised service, & has a passion & extensive knowledge for antique lighting. From the design & manufacturing of a traditional brass or crystal chandelier for a listed building, Country House, school, or town house. From repair, re-wiring & pat test of an 18th century bronze Argand lamp, to the dismantling of large crystal chandeliers on site, to the re installation of the restored item. Structural integrity & electrical safety is vital & is why all his work is flash & pat tested. He specialises in high specification ceiling suspension so all works are safe. Good lighting is a marriage of the mechanical & the aesthetic.

Portfolio of recent case studies

 

Abberley

Abberley Hall School.

Having been approached by The Trustees of Abberley Hall School, they required an individual lighting solution for the three ceiling bays for the historic setting of the Front Hall of a grade 1 listed building. Dominic worked closely with the school's team to provide a series of hand drawn & watercolour miniatures for their approval, leading to a full scale working sectional ink drawing / cartoon of the 4’ x 3” Chandeliers.

Following a summer of brass working, assembly & silver soldering the three 2 tier 15 light chandeliers now hang in situ, bringing this beautiful setting to life.

 

Dominic was commissioned to design and make three chandeliers for a Grade 1 listed school that were to be in keeping with the historical context of the setting. Dominic created three works of art that have completely changed the look and atmosphere of the room. His attention to detail, eye for proportion and beauty were evident throughout the project. He has a passion for his work that makes him a joy to work with.

 

Henry Berkeley, head of trustees at Abberley Hall.

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Dominic's work on the new three sixteen light chandeliers for our rather dark and subdued front hall has absolutely transformed the space and highlighted the magnificent period paintings and ceiling features which have been so long a feature of the old Abberley Hall and, for the last 101 years, Abberley Hall School.

The three new chandeliers replace long lost pieces and now help to reflect the Hall’s listed status and hang as if they have been in the front hall forever – such is the quality of Dominic’s work.

We are still revelling in his artistry – the three chandeliers are truly magnificent and there have been many wonderful comments about Dominic’s glorious work: pictured here in the reflected mirrors.

 

Rex Sartain, at Abberley Hall


The Wellington Chandelier

The Wellington Chandelier.

This is an important chandelier, believed to have started its life in Berkeley Square, London, dating from the 1860’s. It’s present owners got in touch for repairs to 2 three branch drawing room Chandeliers. On closer inspection, it became clear that they had been split from one six branch Gasolier format chandelier by renowned Birmingham maker F & C Osler - Osler is well known for the massive Crystal Fountain centrepiece he made for the 1851 Great Exhibition, which stood in the middle of the Crystal Palace. This particular chandelier would have been made in a hollow arm format due to the availability of gas, but would have been fitted for candle with glass nozzles. These would have been removed when adapted to electricity, due to the enclosed base. They have now been replaced; the chandelier is fully restored close to its original format & is now enjoyed by its owners.

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Cylinder Lanterns

Cylinder Lanterns

Following contact from a high profile London interior designer, this specialist project required the making of two large scale cylinder lanterns for a large private stately home in the north of the U.K.

The brief was to provide sympathetic lighting for the double height great hall, working from a full scale marquette which was put in place to check the visual scale. Thia involved working closely with the client & interior specialist to produce totally unique fittings for the stunning grade 1 listed building.

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