Grande Salle a Manger - Grand Chandelier

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This elaborate chandelier made in late 18th century includes gilt-bronze chains, Bohemian crystal flowers as well as a profusion of crystal drops and balls raining down from the umbrella-shaped row of arms near the top and from the multiple branches below.

The 18th Century in particular saw a huge rise in ornamental lighting, as form began to be regarded as important as function. Suddenly, the wealthier classes wanted to prioritise the aesthetics of a light source, rather than just ensuring the functionality of it. Attention was paid to how light looked and felt, and importance was placed on creating a pleasant ambience in an interior.

By the early 18th Century, long gone were the simple medieval frame chandeliers, candlesticks and sconces. In their place were ornate, gilded forms with long, curved branches and the capacity to hold many candles. For both candelabra and chandeliers, the inclusion of branches that began at a central point and extended out represented a radical new style.

The novel form was a complete departure from the preceding designs, and was a hugely significant development in the history of lighting. With branches to support candles, light could be now spread more widely and evenly across a room, thus creating a stronger illumination over a greater distance. However, the reasons for these new, larger forms of lighting fixture were not solely practical, but also aesthetic. Often cast in gilded metals or carved wood, golden lighting fixtures provided an atmosphere of royal grandeur and wealthy indulgence.

Carved and gilded chandeliers became immensely popular in the 18th Century, partly because they could be made to imitate incredibly expensive pieces in royal households made of solid gold and silver. Classical motifs became an increasingly important element of 18th Century lighting fixtures, and candelabra, wall lights and chandeliers all drew heavily on the aesthetics of ancient Greece and Rome.

The incorporation of Louis XVI style clean lines, harmonious proportions and swirling foliate motifs such as achanthus leaves were particularly popular in late 18th Century chandelier design. Although interiors lit by candlelight required many individual candles to create enough light, 18th Century craftsmen realised that this light could be intensified by clever design techniques.

One of these was, of course, the method of gilding bronze and wood to reflect the candlelight. In addition, 18th Century craftsmen also began experimenting with glass, crystal and mirrors to enhance interior lighting.

One obvious advantage to using glass and crystal for chandeliers was that these materials were transparent. Fine, clear cut glass and crystal thus allowed for light to shine through it and be reflected, creating further illumination and beauty. During the 18th Century, the finest cut glass chandeliers were produced by Bohemian and Venetian glassmakers. The Bohemian style was largely successful across Europe, and became famous for creating spectacular illumination due to the reflection of candlelight from intricate crystal prisms.

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Amazing as Always!

Posted February 23, 2020 by Alf Alpha 5 stars

This chandelier is superb quality. It is so beautiful in world, and unlike others it is copyable so I can have multiple throughout the multiple rooms in my home which is AMAZING! I have been waiting so long for something like this, and the silk rope it hangs from is stunning as well (tintable to match every room!!!). Love my purchase and can't wait for future releases! xoxo

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