Learn about Chandeliers

Strictly speaking, a chandelier is any multi-branch ceiling light. But what we understand in popular usage as a chandelier today - a grand ceiling light fitting with many lights and multiple crystal prisms - is the result of a long evolutionary process of this type of light. Originally made in wood as a cross with spikes on which to fix the candles, they were able to be lowered for lighting, and then hoisted to a suitable height by means of a pulley. From the 15th century they were made in a wider variety of materials including brass, wrought iron, gilded wood and silver. By the 18th century, developments in glassmaking allowed for the introduction of prisms in their manufacture, because of their light scattering properties. An elaborate chandelier was a status symbol of the wealthy in the 18th and 19th century and materials now used included bronze and porcelain. Manufacturers of the crystal prisms included famous names in glassmaking such as Baccarat and Waterford. Prestigious English manufacturers of the time included Parker & Perry, of Fleet Street, F.& C. OSLER of London and Birmingham and Maydwell and Windle.
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A Murano Venetian glass four branch chandelier and wall sconce, first half of the 20th century, the arms interspersed with leaves and daffodils, the clear twisted glass stems terminating in pink glass highlighted flowers and shades with gold inclusions, 55

A Murano Venetian glass six branch chandelier, first half of the 20th century, the arms interspersed with leaves and daffodils, the clear twisted glass stems terminating in pink glass highlighted flowers and shades with gold inclusions, 73 cm drop.

A dazzling modernist Murano glass chandelier by Venini, circa 1980, a bold and striking arrangement of half hoop clear glass ribbons arranged in four criss-crossed groups of graduating size and attached to a gold brass boss. Height 80 cm. Diameter 75 cm

Red Murano glass three light chandelier, with decorative glass canes supporting glass drops

A pair of Murano glass chandeliers, Italian circa 1960s. Largest 44 cm high, 35 cm wide

A pair of ornate Venetian pink, green and gilt moulded glass chandeliers, 20th century. 80 cm diameter approx

A pair of Murano droplet chandeliers. C. 1950s, Italy. Gilt and glass droplets (Af broken and missing pieces)

A Venetian style glass chandelier, mid 20th century, the delicate chandelier of pear shape coronet form, with a gilt bronze scrolled cage embellished with clear glass daisies and cascades of pendant aqua tear drops

Six light clear and opaque Murano glass chandelier, with pink drops

A pair of Italian Murano glass twelve-branch chandeliers, 20th century, approx. 92 cm drop

A contemporary Venetian four branch glass chandelier with a central dark green glass column and four articulated stylised flower and leaf branches. Height 62 cm. Width 850

A contemporary Venetian four branch glass chandelier with a central dark green glass column and four articulated stylised flower and leaf branches. Height 62 cm. Width 850

A Venetian green and clear glass chandelier single level of glass drops. Height 40 cm (approx)

Two Venetian green and clear glass chandeliers single level of glass drops. Height 40 cm (approx)

A Murano glass chandelier, circa 1940, the central corona emanating coloured of blue, yellow and pink flowers and scrolling arms terminating in flared moulded shades

A large Venetian green and clear glass chandelier, comprising five levels of glass drops, electrified and working. Height 125 cm; top diameter 60 cm (approx). Provenance: Purchased High St Armadale, Vic

A large Venetian yellow and clear glass chandelier, comprising four levels of glass drops, electrified and working. Height 110 cm; top diameter 90 cm (approx). Provenance: Purchased High St Armadale, Vic

A vintage Murano glass chandelier, of Art Deco style with four scrolling light branches, flower form sconces, with another eight leaf branches all fitting into a matching flower form base, glass ball attached, long glass column leading to matching flower f

An early 1900's Venetian painted gilt wood six branch chandelier with gold thread and tassel hanging cord and painted gilt wood ceiling cup

A Murano glass six branch chandelier in coloured glass, 74 cm high

A contemporary Murano glass chandelier in yellow, amber and green glass with sunflower decoration. Height 100 cm. Depth 115 cm

1950's hand cut Murano glass 'Waterfall' chandelier by Venini (102 pieces)

A vintage Venetian pink Murano glass chandelier with four trumpet shaped shades and ten scrolling branches supporting pendant drops. Height 96 cm. Diameter 105 cm some faults. See inside back cover

An impressive Venetian chandelier, the shaped basket eminating multiple scroll branches terminating in sconces, the whole decorated with red, green and clear glass ornamentation, 90 cm high.

A Murano glass chandelier, Italian circa 1920, 110 x 85 cm 110 cm drop. Width 85 cm

An impressive eight branch Venetian crystal chandelier with blue glass drops and cut crystal prisms.

A Venetian six branch chandelier from Murano, Italian, 84 x 76 cm, approx. 84 cm drop

Set three Murano opalescent glass chandeliers of six branches with detachable daffodil type flowers and leaves (two complete, one incomplete)

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