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 Originally made in wood as a cross with spikes on which to fix the candles, they were able to be lowered for lighting, and then hoisted to a suitable height by means of a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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An antique French basket chandelier, crystal and gilt metal, 130 cm high, 60 cm wide

A cut crystal and gilt bronze chandelier, French, circa 1900

An eight-branch crystal chandelier, matched to lot 510

A twelve arm crystal chandelier, with a diamond point knopped stem below a long brass rod, with twelve undulating arms hung with beads and cushion shaped cut drops and supporting cut crystal dishes with electric candles. Height 51 cm. Diameter 86 cm. (stem

A fine ten-branch crystal chandelier, French circa 1950, signed Baccarat

A gilt brass and crystal twelve branch chandelier, French, 19th century, fitted for electricity, (approx.)

Three Italian brass and crystal eight branch chandeliers (one Af)

French six branch chandelier, with crystal and coloured glass drops. Approx. Height 101 cm. Provenance: Purchased from Howell & Howell

Gaetano Sciolari. A chandelier. Eight globe crystal shards. Italy c1960s

A large Waterford crystal and cut glass button swag chandelier, 20th century. 92 cm

Vintage French six light chandelier, with large cut crystal drops and central ball, approx 80 cm high

A pair of striking Venini crystal chandeliers, circa 1970s, a design by Camer for Venini, a brilliant cascading muli-tiered arrangement of trihedral prisms hung from polished brass arms and chain stems. Length 88 cm. Diameter 43 cm

A spectacular pair of crystal chandeliers. 20th century, the chandeliers, each with thirty electric candles, of waisted birdcage form with ten curvaceous arms supporting three arms apiece and richly embellished with curvaceous scalloped drops and diamond c

A fine 19th century French bronze harp shaped six branch chandelier with cut crystal drops

A French bronze eight branch chandelier with cut crystal prism, amethyst and cut crystal drops

An early 20th century French six branch bronze chandelier with cut crystal drops

Antique Louis XVI style gilt bronze twelve light chandelier with crystal chains & central drop orb, ex Manning & Manning

A pretty chandelier with clear crystal button and pale blue drops, French, circa 1950, 88 cm high, 40 cm diameter

A stylish pair of bronze and crystal chandeliers, French, circa 1920

Vintage French six light chandelier, with large cut crystal drops and central ball, approx 80 cm high

Chandelier: Impressive 12 branch crystal & gilt metal hanging light. 175 cm.

A Waterford crystal 10 branch chandelier, 20th century. 95 cm high

A fine pair of early 20th century chandeliers, each with the central shaped standard with a circular corona, emanating six scrolling arms terminating in drip pans and hung with crystal buttons and prism drops.

An early 20th century basket chandelier with internal lights and extensive acanthus, starburst and graduated crystal drop

A fine French crystal chandelier, 19th century, a tiered basket style chandelier hung with crimped pear and bell shaped drops and rosettes and a crystal orb finial, with ten curvaceous and slender bronze arms with electrified candles. Height 80 cm. Diamete

Impressive gilt & crystal basket chandelier enhanced with gilt swags. Early 20th century, Approx 70 cm height

An early 20th century basket chandelier with internal lights and extensive acanthus, starburst and graduated crystal drops

A large French cut crystal chandelier of 12 lights, arranged in two tiers of six lights each, each branch festooned with multiple faceted drops. Height approx. 75 cm

A crystal chandelier with a fluted stem and six scroll arms with storm shades, hung with swags and prism drops, 110 cm high

A French crystal and brass chandelier with an openwork body hung with crystal drops and swags, four scroll arms terminating in lights and a further four lights to the centre, 60 cm high

A French crystal and brass chandelier the openwork body hung with shaped crystal drops, twelve branches terminating in sconces, 120 cm high

A French crystal and brass chandelier with an open work body and with six sconces and glass drip pans, 93 cm high

Large 21 globe crystal chandelier, 85 cm wide approx

A crystal wedding cake chandelier, the chandelier with tapering swags to a Crown of decorative crystal leaves issuing a series of descending and graduated cascades, all hung with slender shaped prisms with beads and arrow heads. Length 131 cm. Diameter 38

A small crystal chandelier, circa 1920s, Of lavish and elegant birdcage form having a knopped stem and five upper arms with drops and candles to a waisted section and a oviform open glass cage with beaded swags and issuing eight scrolled arms supporting di